Sarband: With the Latvian Radio Choir: Canticum Canticorum

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Audio samples
  • 1 Of Love and Union
  • 2 Ah, ne güzel
  • 3 Lisanaki
  • 4 Suffering
  • 5 Simeni khakhotam
  • 6 Nada el layli
  • 7 The Fragrance
  • 8 Voces Salomonis
Ottoman Maqam Tradition meets Contemporary Music
CANTICUM CANTICORUM is a special project, inspired by texts of “Song of Songs” and effectuated in collaboration with Latvian Radio Choir (conductor Kaspars Putnins) and ensemble SARBAND (leader Vladimir Ivanoff). The project, which was carried out for two years, included a sound laboratory, where six composers, that represent the northern Europe and the Middle East, tried to find a new, unique sound. Here is a little insight into the making of the project.

Concert program:
Compositions by Lasse Thoresen (Norway), Toivo Tulev (Estonia), Martins Vilums (Latvia), Santa Ratniece (Latvia), Bushra El-Turk (Lebanon/UK) and Vladimir Ivanoff (Bulgaria, Germany).

Latvian Radio Choir, conductor Kaspars Putnins (Latvia)
Ensemble SARBAND: Vladimir Ivanoff (Bulgaria/Germany), Mustafa Doğan Dikmen (Turkey), Salah Eddin Maraqa (Jordan/Germany), Efstratios Psaradellis (Greece)
1 Vladimir Ivanoff - A Sufi Reading No. 1 - Of Love and of Union                        3:02
2 Toivo Tulev - Ah, ne guezelsin! (Behold, thou art fair, my love)                     10:07
3 Bushra El-Turk - Lisaniki                                                                                                          7:47
4 Vladimir Ivanoff - A Sufi Reading No. 3 - Suffering                                                   2:20
5 Mārtiņš Viļums - Simeni khakhotam al-libekha                                                          9:39
6 Santa Ratniece - Nada el layli                                                                                              13:32
7 Vladimir Ivanoff - A Sufi Reading No. 5 - The Fragrance of Your Name       2:50
8 Lasse Thoresen - Voces Salomonis                                                                                  14:36

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