Label: Dreyer Gaido
Format: COMPACT DISC
Ma, Yo-Yo; Nawri, Manuel; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Azmeh, Kinan
This long-expected new double album presents Kinan Azmeh as composer, soloist and outstanding improvisator together with the Grammy-awarded Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Manuel Nawri. One album presents Kinan as interpreter of his own music while the second album presents three clarinet concertos that were written for him by the Syrian composers Kareem Roustom, Zaid Jabri and Dia Succari. Finally it presents the most recent of Azmeh’s works, The Fence, the Rooftop and the Distant Sea, a duo for clarinet and cello written for himself and Yo-Yo Ma, commissioned by the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and first performed there in January 2017. Hailed as a virtuoso and “intensely soulful” by the New York Times, “Spellbinding” and “Brilliant” by the New Yorker, and “Incredibly rich sound” by the CBC, Kinan Azmeh’s utterly distinctive sound across musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer.