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Wed, 06 Sep 2006

Dream of the Orient / Concerto Köln & Sarband
Dream of the Orient I often forget, as perhaps do you, that the word Orient was used by Europeans to describe the mysterious land that lay to the east. Not just Asia, mind; the Orient began with Turkey. Wikipedia informs us that orient and occident are derived from Latin words meaning to rise and to fall, and refer to the motion of the sun when heading east vs. west.

I mention this because the title of this album uses the word's traditional meaning, referring to the use of Turkish styles and performances to influence 18th century European music. In this case, it's more than influence, as Concerto Köln's period instruments are joined by the Turkish Sarband, performing both individually and together. The resulting mix is both subtle and exciting, and proof, as if we needed it, that crossover hits began long before Dolly Parton.

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