Kamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra - Kamran Ince: Symphony No. 2 "Fall of Constantinople"

Kamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra - Kamran Ince: Symphony No. 2
Styles: Symphony
Recording Location: Bilkent Concert Hall, Ankara, Turkey
Genre: Classical
Recording Date: September 14, 2009 - September 18, 2009
Album: Kamran Ince: Symphony No. 2 "Fall of Constantinople"
Release Date: 2011
Artist: Kamran Ince \ Isin Metin \ Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Duration: 01:14:16

Youthful and mature works are presented on this 2011 album of compositions by Turkish composer Kamran Ince, but the common trait running through them is his audaciousness, a hallmark of his style. The Piano Concerto (1984) and Infrared Only (1985) are notable for their directness and brashness, and even though Ince's handling of the music is episodic and sectional, with abrupt interruptions of highly contrasting material, the dazzling orchestration and ferocity of attacks sustain interest and override the segmented structures. The Symphony No. 2, "Fall of Constantinople," is more consistent in mood and overtly unified and symphonic in concept (yet designed almost as a sectional tone poem rather than a conventional symphony), but the dark, warlike music that permeates the work is startling in its force and savagery. Perhaps most surprising and daring is Ince's Concerto for orchestra, Turkish instruments, and voices (2002, revised 2009), which fairly explodes off the CD from its percussive beginning. In this work, Ince demonstrates his ease with blending unusual and conventional tone colors, including folk instruments and a chorus, and produces an exciting concerto that is as original as it is unexpected. Ince leads the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in all the performances but one, where he performs as soloist in the Piano Concerto, which is conducted by Isin Metin. The extraordinary timbres that Ince calls for are vividly created by the musicians, and the clear and resonant audio of the recording makes them sound distinct and fully present.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Concerto for Orchestra, Turkish Instruments and Voices
1. / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra7:18 Amazon
2. / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra5:03 Amazon
3. / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra2:58 Amazon
4. / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra5:00 Amazon
Symphony No. 2 'Fall of Constantinople'
1. The City and the Walls / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra9:59 Amazon
2. Haghia Sophia / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra3:38 Amazon
3. Speeches of Emperor Constantine and Sultan Mehmet / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra2:39 Amazon
4. Ships on Rails: The Marine Battle / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra3:36 Amazon
5. Fall of Constantinople / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra3:38 Amazon
Piano Concerto / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra20:02 Amazon
Infrared Only / Kamran InceKamran Ince / Isin Metin / Bilkent Symphony Orchestra10:25 Amazon

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