A WORLD SYMPHONY
With this program, the "Orchestra of Cultures" gives us an overview of its first ten years and at the same time also an outlook on the future. Sacred works such as the "Ave Verum" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in an extraordinary arrangement by Adrian Werum are juxtaposed with cross-cultural symphonic pop songs such as "Sonbahar" and "Für mein neues Vaterland". Tenor Jay Alexander, who has lent his voice to the orchestra for many years, sets new artistic accents with Robert Schumann's "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai."
But Abeer Nehme, one of the most beautiful voices of the contemporary Orient, is also part of this world tour, as are Mohammad Habbal and the Philharmonia Chor Stuttgart with their fusion of the Arabic hymn "Mouteni" and Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
"Recorded in the Kleine Audiowelt Heidelberg and in the Hans Rosbaud Studios of the SWR in Baden-Baden, mastered by Christoph Stickel in Vienna, we were united on this CD - recording technology and art as we always imagined," says Adrian Werum.
A selection of the most beautiful German folk songs. With Aris Sas, known from the world premiere of Roman Polanski's musical "Dance of the Vampires", Anna-Maria Hefele, the Youtube star and overtone singer, Linda Kyei, Debora Vilchez, Kandara Diebate and Serkan Ates. Recorded at the Emerich Smola Studios of the SWR in Kaiserslautern.
This was our first co-production with SWR Rheinland-Pfalz, with whom we developed the idea of reinterpreting folk songs from the southwest. Included is our classic "On the Swabian Railway" & as a tribute to the birthplace of our musical director: "In Mainz on the Beautiful Rhine".
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THE WORLD IS BEAUTIFUL
The 50s: an epoch of romance, homeland attachment and great feelings. And, of course, the time of idyllic Heimat films - a golden era that Jay Alexander is now resurrecting in new splendor: Immortal screen classics like "Mandolinen im Mondschein" (1959) or "Ein Herz voll Musik" (1955) are today the epitome of the "good old days." A heyday of German Romanticism, in which people were carefree again, nature was still pure and untouched, and customs were still respected. Zeitgeist that was also reflected in entertainment culture. "I love those strips where the young, up-and-coming lad drives off into the mountains in his freshly polished sports car, looking for his sweetheart who ran off overnight with the forest ranger," Jay Alexander says, eyes shining, about the inspirations for his new album. "I first came into contact with many of the songs on this album through the home movies and musical films from the 1930s through the 1950s that were often on TV on Sunday afternoons. But not only as a child, but also later as an adolescent, I was fascinated by these proverbial "Heile Welt" productions. It is perhaps also a bit of longing for a time I never experienced, but which nevertheless seems very familiar to me. Another influence was operettas like `Die lustige Witwe`, `Die Fledermaus` or `Das Land des Lächelns`, which I was allowed to sing at a young age."
With "Schön Ist Die Welt" Jay Alexander now wants to revive the charm and flair of those times to distract the audience from the gray everyday life of these fast-paced, hectic, sometimes carefree days: "Schön Ist Die Welt" contains 18 timeless remakes of pieces from selected home movies and popular operettas from various decades, which the tenor, who loves to experiment, has arranged together with the Stuttgart Orchestra of Cultures in a modern, fresh way and elegantly brought into the here and now. As a special guest Jay Alexander welcomes the world-famous soprano Marlis Petersen, who can be experienced on two duets after engagements at the Vienna State Opera, the New York Metropolitan Opera or the just opened Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.
THE CRESCENT MOON ILLUMINATES THE WORLD
A chance encounter between guitar and orchestra, between East and West.
The HQ version is recorded with a sample rate of 192 kHz at the world famous Bauer Studios in Ludwigsburg / Germany. The CDs are produced by Sony.
Germany's top jazz guitarist Daniel Stelter unites with the "Orchestra of Cultures" a symphonic interpretation of traditional Chinese, Korean and Mongolian folk songs. Recorded at Bauer Studios in Ludwigsburg. Sound engineer: Johannes Wohlleben Musical direction & orchestration: Adrian Werum
For hundreds of years, the guitar has captivated listeners with its sound, which can be as passionate as molten magma or as graceful as a young girl, allowing it to express an amazing variety of emotions and stories. In 1790, Germany wrote an important chapter in the history of the guitar by adding the sixth string and retuning the notes, bringing this ancient instrument to the peak of its development. On this compilation, the guitars of the German musicians are at times sonorous and incisively soloistic, at other times playfully intertwined with the string and wind instruments, but always exceptionally skillful and epic, and in conjunction with the lively percussion section this popular Chinese folk melodies are fused with the precision of classical German culture to create a final product that is mesmerizing to say the least. The 12 songs included on the album unfold before the listener in an impressive range of expressiveness, from simple and austere, to complex and fascinating, to deep and meaningful, presenting a poetic panorama of incredible scale.
TI AMO-FROM THE HIGHEST
Sacred works recorded in the chapel at the "Höchsten" above Lake Constance. A production for Bibel TV.
On this CD we have put new interpretations of Christian classics like "Great God, we praise you" next to pieces that come from the Alevi tradition and have an almost cinematic and meditative character.
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THOU SING, MY SOUL
Traditional church hymns, heard for the first time with a large orchestra.
When tenor Jay Alexander's first church hymns album shot straight to No. 1 in the German classical music charts after its release in 2015, it was a sensation. Jay Alexander: "The huge success of my CD 'Geh aus, mein Herz' made it clear how much these church hymns are loved! You?" After this brilliant start, it was only logical to continue. Now the second church song album of the likeable tenor with the unique voice is available. "Du meine Seele, singe..." is a new, independent work, a sound space, a podium for many more hymnal anthems to which the singer's heart has been attached since his childhood in Sunday school. "I'm very grateful to have had another opportunity to record these pieces that have such great meaning for me," Alexander said of the making of his new album. "Du meine Seele, singe" - the title song simultaneously expresses the deepest feelings of the studied opera singer and opens the new round of church songs. This was created with the Orchestra of Cultures under the direction of Adrian Werum - together the guarantor of the sensitive implementation of the great arrangements of the British Richard Whilds, repetiteur at the Bavarian State Opera. Alexander greatly appreciates working with both colleagues: "Adrian and Richard have been my friends and musical companions for so long, and I consider them both a great privilege! They know exactly how I want the songs interpreted." Jay Alexander's solo accompanists include guitarist Klaus Jäckle ("Bei dir, Jesu, will ich bleiben"), harpist Christiane Werner ("Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern") and Richard Whilds on harmonium ("Glory to God in the Highest"). The Murphy Singers and the Choir of Cultures as well as the boys' choir capella vocalis Reutlingen with its star singing sensitively complement Alexander's ideas of a new interpretation of the sacred song. As with the previous album, the lavishly designed booklet contains exciting background stories about the origin of the church songs.
Buddhist mantras from Tibet chanted by Lama Tenzin Sangpo.
For more than two decades, Lama Tenzin served as the leader of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery or chanting guide. Today he is resident lama at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Germany-Austria. Thanks to this, the rich tones of his beautiful deep voice are enjoyed by a much wider audience at Gomde's daily pujas and long retreats. Lama Tenzin also offers concerts in various cities around the world.
Lama Tenzin feels great appreciation for all the training and education he received while growing up in the monastery, and his greatest desire is to constantly give back. Therefore, all profits from the worldwide sales of his albums of Buddhist hymns go directly to his personal project to feed the monks of Ka-Nying throughout the year. Today, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in Nepal, with nearly 500 monks.
Album of Indonesian songs with jazz pianist Deviana Daudsjah. Guests: Tompi ;Adi Karso & Ismail Marzuki Recorded at Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg.
Deviana Daudsjah studied in Basel and therefore close musical to the Alemannic areas of Europe. For this album she arranged Indonesian folk and children's songs from all parts of Indonesia, from the Islamic influenced Aceh to the archaic Irian Jaya.
This project, sponsored by the Indonesian government, was intended to make Indonesia's musical heritage attractive again, especially to the younger generation.
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