Friday, April 07, 2006

Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Ankara




Dear Colleagues,

Today I wanted to write something different, something special. I wanted to write my critic on the concert which was performed by Cairo Symphony Orchestra on 5th April 2006 Thursday evening starting at 2030 hours in Ankara MEB Shura Concert Hall. If you have already participated to the concert then file it for your future records. Those who couldn't participate, they may get interested in knowing the details from first hand observation.

We entered the parking lot at about 20 hours. Audience was all in black business suit dressing code. I had jeans, woodman's shirt, Chineese made sports shoes. However I was quite consistent in my own dressing code.

The Cairo Symphony Orchestra is an eminent and unique participant in broadening and enriching the musical life in Egypt. Founded in 1959, the Orchestra has long established reputation for uncompromising preciseness and grace in interpreting classical music under its conductor Christoph Muller.

Repertoire was:

L.V. Beethoven : Egmont Overture

C. Saint-Seans: Piano Concerto No.5
Piano Idil Biret Turkey

Gamal Salama : Little Suite for Flute and string orchestra
Solist. Inas Abd El Dayem

N. Rimsky -Korsakov : Spanish Capricio

First Concertmaster: Yasser El Serafi

At first, I was hoping to listen to our pianist Idil Biret as usual. I had no idea about the orchestra. I was expecting Idil Biret to play the piano and any one of our groups would play at the background. So we entered the Shura Concert Hall with that notion in mind. Concert Hall was renovated for the occasion of the Music Festival by local Sponsors. First row seats were allocated to Sponsor companies. Your humble writer had his seat at the middle third row. My girl friend purchased these preferencial concert seat tickets through her internal school contacts. I envied how wonderful contacts she had. I hope in near future I will have the same previlage.

Then we had the members of Cairo Philarmonia on the stage. First they played Beethoven "Egmont" overture. Since we used to have mechanical/ tough manners of our local orchestras CSO or Bilkent in Ankara, or the CD performances of western groups, this new tempo was something different, more melodic, more oriental, comfortable, soft and smooth, more eastern, more Egyptian so-to-speak. That is also one clue of accepting your getting old. Nothing surprises yourself too much. It is getting less chance to listen to new music. The new way of playing an old tune makes you happy.

Then we had our pianist Mrs. Idil Biret on the stage. It was Egyptian Concerto by Saint_Seans since the visiting orchestra was from Cairo Egypt. It was so easy for our pianist, therefore it was understandable that she played so reluctantly.

Anyhow after the performance we were in expection that our Queen would leave the stage as usual with no bis, on the contrary she returned to her Bosenwerke piano and played 2 (two in letters) more pieces from Bach in Jazz format. As if she said that "Piano is played in that manner, learn it"

Then we had intermission. I was expecting to drink red aged dry good wine at the fuaye since local Kavaklidere winery was one of the sponsors. No way. They had tea and coffee only.

Then we had the second half. Visiting Orchestra played Eyptian composer Gamal Salama's Little Suite for Flute and string orchestra. Solist was beautiful Mrs.Inas Abd El Dayem. We understood that Cairo orchestra was in Ankara for their extraordinary interpretation of their own music.

Solist Mrs Inas Abd el-Dayem pronounced "Bismillah" at the beginning, then played her tune in great harmony with the orchestra. She played, played and danced with extraordinary energy. Then she had bis. I applauded so much that I have been warned to stop. I am told that it is not good manners to continue applause for so long.

The last piece was Rimsky Korsakov's Spanish Capricio. They played in their own Egyptian style, soft, extra melodic, with full concentration. It was good timing to get pleasure of oriental performance, let leave mechanic contemporaries.

Conductor Christopher Muller pleased us with his conductiong performance during the programme as well as his pandomim performance in bis pieces at the end.

I hope that you liked my above evaluation. Anyhow please do read this writing as a non- conventional music critic, and do not take it too seriously.

Abd El Haluk El Per Perry Shan

4 comments:

yuvakuran said...

Degerli Arkadaslarim

Bugun farkli birseyler yapayim, dedim. 5 Nisan 2006 persembe gunu saat 2030 da MEB Sura salonunda izledigim Kahire Senfoni Orkestrasini anlatayim. Gidenler kayit icin kenara alsinlar. Gidemeyenler de belki ilgilenirsler. aslinda bunlari blog (yuvakuran.blogspot.com) adresine de koyabilirdim ancak kimse okumuyor. Bu arada gizlice blog acanlar ve burda yazanlar varmis duyuyoruz. Ancak afise olmadiklari icin yorum yazamiyoruz.

Saat 20 gibi otoparka girdik. herkes protokol. Iclerinde Kocabiyikogullarindan Neset Hocam da var. Lacivert Kasmir siyah ceketi, uyumlu gomlek, kravat, pantalon ve ayakkabisi ile Merkez Bankasi baskanligina aday isimlerden gibi geldi. Benim ustumde oduncu gomlegi, kot pantalonu, cin isi lastik pabuclar. Kendime gore uyumluyum.

Ben konseri Idil Biret piyano resitali olarak anlamisim. Senfoni hakkinda hic bir fikrim yoktu. Idil Biret calacak arkada da bildigimiz senfoni orkestralarindan biri olacak diye bekliyorum. Sura salonuna girdik. Koca hacim bembeyaz boyanmis. Sponsorlar sayesinde iyice aydinlanmis. Arkada ses yansitma panelleri. On sira sponsor protokolu ile dolu bedavacilar. Neyse moderatorunuz onden 3.sirada ortada ki yerine oturdu. Kiz Arkadasim bu oncelikli yer biletini okul arkadaslarinin torpili ile almis. Bakin su garip dunyada ne iyi arkadaslar var. ODTU den bugune kadar boyle destek henuz gelmedi ilerde belki bu guzel ornekler bize de ugrayacak.

Neyse Kahire senfoni orkestrasi sahneye cikti. Once Beethoven den "Egmont" uverturunu caldiler. Bizim orkestralarin yani CSO ve Bilkent orkestralarinin calisina alismisiz. Bunlar daha bir oriyental, daha bir melodik, daha bir Misir usulu gibi caldilar geldi bana. Yaslanmanin olcusu, artik sizi kimse sasirtmiyor. Yeni bir eser dinlemeniz imkani yavas yavas azaliyor. Kimbilir kac kere dinlediginiz Egmont uverturunun degisik yorumu size daha bir hos ve guzel geliyor.

Sonra Idil Biret sahneye cikti. Misir Kahire orkestrasi icin Saint_Seans in Misir Koncertosunu caldi. Sanki zoraki caldi.

Neyse Kahire orkestrasi icin zoraki bu Misir koncertosunu caldiktan sonra Idil ablam herzamanki gibi alkislari kabul edip, size bu kadar yeter- deyip, hic Bis yapmadan gidecek derken

herkesi sasirtarak oturdu 2 (yazi ile tekrar iki) adet bis caldi, Misirlilar Ankara ya ablami dinlemek icin gelmis oldular. "Piyano iste boyle calinir", dedi ve dinleyenleri per perisan etti. Helal olsun ablama.

Sonra ara verildi. Ben Kavaklidere saraplari sponsor olmus mutlaka fuayede kirmizi sarap satiyorlardir diye kosturdum ama heyhat orda cay- kahve den baska birsey yoktu. Bir gun onceki ilk konserde halbuki varmis. Neset hocam la konserin degerlendirmesini yaptik. Hocam beni detaylarda aydinlatti sagolsun.

Sonra 2. bolume gectik. Misir li besteci Gamal Salama'nin Flut ve Orkestra icin yazdigi 2-parcayi dinledik. Burda kendi ezgilerini calan orkestra Ankara ya bosu bosuna gelmedigini gosterdi. Harika oriyental ezgiler birbirini takip etti.

Solist bayan Inas Abd el-Dayem calmaya baslamadan once hafif bir sese "Bismillah" dedi ve sonra flutu calmaya basladi. Calarken adeta dans ediyordu. hafif toplu bedeni ile siyah tuvaleti icinde inanilmaz bir enerji caldi caldi. Sonra bis yapti. Kiz arkadasimin soyledigine gore ben cok uzun sure alkislamisim. Bu kadar uzun sure alkislamak olurmuymus.

Sonra programda sira orkesranin calacagi Rimsky Korsakov in Ispanyol Kapricyosu geldi. Onuda Misir usulu yumusatilmis oriyental usulle caldilar. Artik farkli yorumlardan keyif alma zamani geldi. Sert mekanik Alman, Anglosakson ve Turk yorumlarindan bikmis kulaklar icin cok iyi geldi.

Sonra orkestradan bir Misir melodisi bis olarak mukafat aldik. Sef Christopher Muller de pandomim sanatinin ustaliklari gostererek bizleri mutlu etti.

Umarim yukardaki yazi hosunuza gitmistir.

Begendiyseniz dun aksam seyrettigim Ankara Opera ve balesindeki "İlkbahar Tangolari" balesinin benim usul kritigini yazayim

Selamlar sevgiler
Abd El Haluk El Per Perry Shan

Mutfakta Zen said...

ne haber haluk?
iyi etmissin yazmakla..
bahar geldi mi bari ankara'ya??
salkim sögütler yeserdi mi?
leylaklar patladi mi?
tijen

yuvakuran said...

Bahar cok guzel mutlaka guney de de oyledir. selmlar

arzubrumendi said...

sanatçıya istemediği birşeyi yaptırmak kadar kötü birşey yok... Özelliklede bizlerde bu çok var. Yabancılara kendimizi hoş gösterelim vs.vs. ne gerek varsa. Onlarında sanki çok umurlarında. Birde kılık kıyafet olayı var. İnanılmaz saçma geliyor. Takım elbiseli makyajlı olunca gördüğüm ilgi farklı kotlu ve paspal olduğum zaman yüzüme bile bakılmıyor. Buda benim umrumda değil. Çünkü bende o insanları kullanmak istediğim zaman ona uygun giyiniyorum...!!!
Tabiki ilgili yerlerde çıkıntı olmak istemem ama çok aykırıya kaçılmadıkça ne davranışlara nede görüntüye kısıtlama getirlmesi taraftarı değilim.
Selamlar...