Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade; Balakirev: Islamey, Oriental Fantasy, Op. 18; Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches, Suite No. 1 – Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Sascha Goetzel
Since it was founded, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra has worked to develop not only as a symphony orchestra but as a showcase for music from different traditions – a multicultural mosaic in which each little stone is carefully placed with the utmost respect for its neighbour, making a unique contribution to its surroundings. Its first two CDs reflected this, combining music by composers from different backgrounds with a similar musical language. It now embarks on another exploration, of the eastern musical roots of Europe in the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth, identifying elements from the eastern side of the Bosphorus which have influenced the Western cultural background of most of these composers.
"...This is an attractive performance, vigorous of impulse and, in the third movement , which the composer at one stage designated ’The Young Prince and Princess’, pleasantly sensuous ... Balakirev’s Islamey, in Lyapunov’s vituoso orchestration, makes a natural companion, not least since one if its themes was picked up be Rimsky-Korsakov in Sheherazade, and Sascha Goetzel takes it at full tilt here ... unquestionalbe excellence and seriousness of purpose."
John Warrack - Gramophone magazine - September 2014