Sarband – Alla Turka – Oriental Obsession (1998)

frontcover1Musical director Dr. Vladimir Ivanoff, who founded
Sarband in 1986, connects cultures, people and
epochs, both as a scholar and a musician:
His programs unite musicians from widely different
cultures and musical backgrounds and mediate
between past and present, Early Music
and living traditions.

The cooperation in the ensemble is not a fashionable crossover, but conceived as a continuous dialogue
on equal terms. All the artists unrestrictedly contribute their native traditions, their personal histories and their own creativity to the programs, so that Sarband also ecomes a musical training ground for communication
and tolerance between different cultural identities.

«Sarband» means connection.
In Mid-Eastern music theory, this term signifies a link between two compositions within a musical suite.
Ensemble Sarband invites most diverse audiences as well as most diverse performers «to come together»;  it «binds» them to cultural experiences previously  perceived as alien. (by


Vladimir Ivanoff

With Mozart’s “Rondo Alla Turca” at its core, this production encompasses early instances of a fascination with things exotic, an attitude based on the equation of the exotic with the promise of great happiness. European interest in Turkish music can be traced back to as early as the sixteenth century. It was in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, however, that “Turkish” music became really popular — in the “turqueries, ” exotic-sounding passages included in many operas. The album defines the historical point in time at which popular interest in non-European music was aroused for the first time: The perception of the world was no longer limited to Europe. “Alla Turca” presents unusual European translations of “Oriental” music. In Mozart’s famous “Rondo Alla Turca” motif, the lively confusion of exotica seems sort itself out, its pieces falling into place in a “rondo” of the strange and the familiar.

“Powerful sounds from Ivanoff: Shades of baroque, Turkish dervish music and the Orient, never mind the occasional Mozart, make this a disc worth a listen. This is a car accident (of Oriental and Occidental history thrown together), and we all stare at those as we drive by.” (JAM, February 1999)


Mustafa Dógan Dikmen (flute, vocals, percussion)
Vladimir Ivanoff (percussion)
Ihsan Özer (zither, percussion)
Ahmed Kadri Rizeli (fiddle)
Silke Strauf (violoncello)
Belinda Sykes (oboe, vocals)
Axel Weidenfeld (lute, guitar)
Mehmet Cemal Yesilcay (lute)


01. Rondo Alla Turca (1) (Mozart) 2.17
02. Elci Pesrev (Cantemir) 3.31
03. Izanum (Dona) 1.11
04. Chanson Turque (Nlainville) 4.42
05. Acem Ilahi (Bobowsky/Ufki) 6.12
06. Concerto Turco/Nominato Izia Semaisi (Toderini/Traditional) 7.41
07. Rondo Alla Turca (2) (Mozart) 1.05
08. Busis Derdim (Dona)
09. Rondo Alla Turca (3) (Mozart) 1.04
10. Hüseyni Ilahi (Bobowsky/Ufki) 7.24
11. Allahoy (Isaac) 3.14
12. Perdeh (Chardin) 1.31
13. Der Deste (Traditional) 4.58
14. Psalm 6 (Bobowsky/Ufki) 5.26
15. Hasta Ghiringium (Dona) 3.05
16. Hüseyni Pesrev (Murad) 6.31
17. Rondo Alla Turca (4) (Mozart) 1.10
18. Psalm 2 (Bobowsky/Ufki) 13.30