Orchestre Symphonique De Bulgarie/Milen Natchev/Children's Choir Of Radio Sofia
In 1997, one of the most curious and unexpected experiments in "educated" music took place in Holland, and now we're discussing its results. For Classical Music lovers, at least the ones I've introduced Mozart In Egypt to, the album is something curious, out of the ordinary, and something to quickly forget and move on. But no, this is definitely a keeper. It is a natural consequence of the evolution of travel and communication technologies. The evolution of understanding.
The idea came out of Hughes DeCourson's mind, influenced by Middle Eastern music as well as the evolution of Western music of the 18th Century, having Mozart as one of the best representations of it. Mozart was a pioneer but mostly a rebel. A punk who dared to smash all preconceived ideas of music. His sounds were not only creative but stormy and questioned for the truth and for something else to mix with. Middle Eastern music was too far away but DeCourson dared to clash these two dissimilar music tendences: European/Western and African/Middle-eastern.
Mozart In Egypt is truly a trip, a pilgrimage, more than a "clash" of cultures. A masterpiece? Indeed.