Hughes De Courson – Mozart In Egypt (1997)

FrontCover1Mozart in Egypt is a 1997 album by various artists, and arranged by French musician Hughes de Courson. It represents a fusion of Mozart’s work with the sounds, rhythms and instruments typical of contemporary Egyptian music.The album saw considerable success in continental Europe, especially France, but had only limited success elsewhere. In August 2005 a second volume was released in Europe only, entitled Mozart in Egypt 2. (by wikipedia)

There are problems, of course, in trying to marry Mozart and Egypt. Western music takes pride in the vertical arts of harmony and counterpoint. Arabic music is linear, one event following another. The result then is what the producers describe as a “crazy diagonal.” And yet it works. Mozart sounds just fine on the oud [ancestor of the lute], and its way of decorating a melodic line is not at all dissimilar to the Western approach. Best of all is hearing the piano and oud together, when one player takes the melodic line, the other harmony. (The Los Angeles Times)

Henri Agnel (0ud)
Mario Angelov (piano)
Alain Aubin (vocals)
Mustafa Abdel Aziz (arghoul)
Jim Cuomo (clarinet)
Nasredine Dalil (transverse flute, vocals
Rabah Dalil (darbouka, riqq)
Nabil Diab (tabla)
Samira Donya (vocals)
Mamdouh el Gebaly (oud)
Hassan el Meghannawaty (vocals)
Ashraf Essam (riqq)
Hazem (vocals)
Sheikh Mohammed el Helbany (vocals)
Vanina Ivanova (vocals)
George Kyrillos (oud)
Mohamed Moustafa (lute, rabab)
Namek (vocals)
Mahmoud Osman (viola)
Rosen Ovtcharov (clarinet)
Ivan Péev (violin)
Ragab Sadek (daff, sagat)
Ibrahim Shahin (kavala)
Reda Shiha (vocals)
Sarwat Soureur (tabla)
Dimiter Stankov (viola)
Elka Zaharieva (cello)
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Milen Natchev
Children’s Choir of Radio Sofia (children’s chorus)
Groupe David (vocal ensemble)

01. Ikhtitaf Fi Assaraya (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)     6:39
02. Double Quartet In F, K. 496  5.32
03. Lamma Bada Yatathenna/Symphony No. 40 4.48
04. Mahdiyat (Lullabies) 2.10
05. Concerto For Oud & Piano No. 23 7.21
06. Hamilu Lhawa Tahibou/Papageno’s Aria 3.25
07. Yaman Hawa/Thamos, King Of Egypt 4.49
08. Mawwall 5.04
09. Double Quartet In E Flat, K. 374 7.23
10. Ouazat Al Kahira (L’Oca Del Cairo) 3.01
11. Egyptian Symphony No. 25 6.42
12. Dhikr/Requiem/Golgotha 11.02

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Nasredine Dalil

CD1* (coming soon)