Mozart 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.
Format: flac + cue + log + DR
Genre: Classical, Oriental
Original Release Date: 2005
Label: Virging Classics
When the Eastern music joined the most beautiful topics of Mozart... Taking again the same principle that Vol.1, one finds the tubes of Mozart interpreted by more than 200 musicians mixing symphony orchestra and traditional instruments. This album was released in August 2005, in Europe only.
"Mozart in Egypt" is a 1997 album by various artists. 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, imaginatively entitled "Mozart in Egypt 2"."
"Hughes' albums are all large-scale works. He is an arranger rather than a soloist. On many he combines electronic effects with medieval or baroque instruments. Mozart in Egypt takes works by Mozart and emphasises the oriental elements in them. The 25th symphony is played with a much-enlarged orchestra. Unfortunately his recordings are rarely available in the English-speaking world."
"Eight years after joyeusement having fitted Turkish slippers inhabitants of Cairo with famous toupee Viennese, insolate it Hughes de Courson repeats! It goes even further, because what it gives to listen to seems to be written by a type-setter named Al Amadeus Mozar-abe, so much the union is now perfect between the extracts of parts signed by this rascal of Wolfie and the traditional airs Egyptian. The first volume of the project Mozart the Egyptian was also a success, but its project superintendent had not dared to go also far in the mixture. Sure that the world success which accomodated the exit of this disc gave wings to its project superintendent. But what a job! It is necessary to think Courson knitting its partitions: a mesh with the East, a mesh in the Occident... It had to throw unplayable things of them, because if the selection of the titles presented here always surprises, it never runs up against the ears of the honest music lover. Recorded on Cairo, in Sofia, in Paris, in Madrid and London this Mozart the Egyptian, the return, required hours and working hours in studio. Two hundred singers and musicians were recruited, in particular those of the Whole of Cairo and the Bulgarian Symphony orchestra. And yet, all that remains light and fluid, imaginative and professional. It should be said that Hugues de Courson is not with his first attempt as regards informal agreements. In addition to the first Mozart the Egyptian, one indeed owes him Lambarena (Bach and Gabonese musics), conceived with Pierre Akendengue and O'stravaganza (Vivaldi and Irish music), carried out with the unit It Gardino Armonico... Then now, with which it turn? Will Courson send Schubert to Cuba and Beethoven at Papous?"