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Occident & Orient
Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig

The Orient, with its unsettled history and culture, has never ceased to fascinate generations of people. Memories real or imaginary become intermingled; tales from A Thousand and One Nights become mixed up with reality.

This cultural flair is at the heart of the LP Orient and Occident, which the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, Leipzig and soloist Kinan Azmeh have recorded using the direct-to-disc method. The resulting magical atmosphere will most certainly captivate all those who listen to it. Each of the chosen works offers a unique contrast to the others.

Compositions by Jean-Baptiste Lully or Ludwig van Beethoven, who represent the spirit of their time and wrote 'oriental' works with European understanding, are contrasted with those of the Syrian clarinettist Kinan Azmeh, who – thanks to his origin – possesses a quite natural and original view of the fascinating Arabic culture. A truly sensual recording!

And highly original too, for this direct-to-disc recording is available exclusively on the pressed LPs, limited copies (as it were) of the original recording on the lacquer disc, comparable to a copy of an etching.

Kinan Azmeh
November 22
Jean-Baptiste Lully
Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs
Peter A. Bauer
Ludwig van Beethoven
Marcia alla turca
Peter A. Bauer
yo dis dis ya digge

Production details

Executive ProducersRainer Maillard & Stephan Flock, Stefan Lang
Recording ProducerRainer Maillard
Recording EngineerPhilip Krause
Assistant EngineerSebastian Sánchez
Vinyl Cutting EngineerMaarten de Boer
Laquer Disc DevelopingPallas GmbH
Recording and Mastering FacilitiesEmil Berliner Studios
Recording LocationEmil Berliner Studios, Meistersaal
Recording EquipmentPolyGram Modul Mixer, Reverberation chamber
MicrophonesSennheiser MKH 20, MKH 30, MKH 50, MKH 800 Twin
LatheNeumann VMS 80
Cutting HeadNeumann SX 74
Cutting AmpOrtofon Amp GO 741
Co-production withDeutschlandradio Kultur