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EL-KHOURY: The Ruins of Beirut / Hill of Strangeness

Composer(s):El-Khoury, Bechara
Artist(s) Sirenko, Vladimir, Conductor • Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557043
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Symphony was composed (in 1985) in the wake of the civil war in the Lebanon and is a powerful, tragically arresting work, laid out in four fairly traditional movements. But it is without any kind of conventional development of ideas; is essence it is a kaleidoscopic set of brief variants. Even more than the vividly scored symphony, the three shorter works rely a great deal on orchestral textures, with contrasting sonorities, dynamics, mood and colouring, all skillfully manipulated to give an illusion of forward movement (rather than development). The brass scoring is emphatic, with exuberant use of the horns. The restless symphonic meditation, Hill of Strangeness (‘Colline del’étrange’) ‘is a journey through a fog pierced by



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