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.
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