New Ince CDs Released On Naxos

September 8, 2010

Kamran Ince

Kamran Ince, the composer of AOP’s upcoming concert in Turkey of Judgment of Midas, had three new CDs released digitally on Naxos this past month, with a fourth making its debut in October.

(Reviews excerpted from Tom Strini’s “About This Recording” on Naxos.)

Music for a Lost Earth, with the Istanbul Modern Music Ensemble

“Imagine travelling through a desert, all sand and stars and moon on a still night. And there, without explanation or context, stands a chair, placed just so on the sand. Thus the ordinary becomes an object of mystery and contemplation. Kamran’s lonely little chords are like that chair—utterly familiar, utterly strange, utterly ambiguous, and somehow poignant. They prompt a small, unidentifiable heartache. Something is present, but someone is missing.” To continue reading, click here.

Hammers and Whistlers, with the Present Music Ensemble

“The stream-of-consciousness whirl, built around a surreal poem by İzzeddin Çalışlar, includes jangle and clatter and avian chirping, iron-foundry pounding, bedlams of overlapping melodies and all manner of alarms and cries. Calm, quiet choral chants butt against crashing gongs and blasting brass…” To continue reading, click here.

Symphony No. 5, “Galatasaray,” with the Bilkent Symphony

“In the third movement, a swaggering advance in 3/4 time underpins building pre-match excitement, anticipated in sung dialogue between tenor and boy soprano…With its soloists and chorus and reverent and rousing words and music, the Symphony No. 5 is like an oratorio devoted to a soccer team.” To continue reading, click here.

The CDs can also be downloaded through Amazon by searching for “Kamran Ince” on their website.

Galatasaray will be released in hard copy in April 2011 and Hammers and Whistlers will have a limited hard copy release in a few months.  The fourth CD, Constantinople, will be released in hard copy in July 2011.

Gold Streak for “Judgment of Midas”

May 4, 2010

Midas and Apollo

King Midas listens to the music of the god Apollo

American Opera Projects’ opera-in-progress, Judgment of Midas, has just added Berkeley Opera as another development partner!  In addition to this new promising partnership, AOP has also been invited to Ankara, Turkey for the orchestra concert of  Judgment of Midas!  The invitation was extended to AOP by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, who will be performing the opera’s orchestration  in January of 2011.  Judgment of Midas is the result of a successful collaboration between composer Kamran Ince and librettist Miriam Seidel.  The opera depicts the musical competition of rivals Apollo (the maker of the god’s music) and Pan (maker of “street” music) on Mount Tmolus in Sardis, Turkey.  The opera’s dramatic appeal and Mediterranean setting made it the perfect work to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Sardis/Lydia excavations, scheduled for production in 2010.  If that isn’t enough excitement for one show, Judgment of Midas has also attracted the interest of NAXOS, who would like to commission a recording of the work within the next few seasons!  J. David Jackson (conductor of Simon Boccanegra at the Met this year) and Jonathan Khuner (fresh from a run as prompter for “Lulu” at the Met) will make a great addition to the Midas team as music directors.

Judgment of Midas made its NYC debut at OPERA America’s Trustee Board dinner on February 20. To read more about this star-studded event, read our past news page here.

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