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El-Khoury

Consisting entirely of world première recordings, this is our sixth release of works by the Franco-Lebanese composer Bechara El-Khoury (b. 1957). While world events such as the First Lebanese War, 9/11 and the Shoah have in the past inspired El-Khoury to reflect and meditate on the human condition, several of his more recent works reveal the influence of landscapes and the natural world on his musical inspiration. This new release represents an extension of these ideas.

The superb line-up of artists boasts no fewer than three distinguished French orchestras, a quartet of celebrated conductors, and two highly regarded soloists.

EL-KHOURY, B.: Orages / Espaces-Fragmentations / Poème nocturne / Le Chant d'amour
8.573617
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Bechara EL-KHOURY (b. 1957)
Orages1
Espaces-Fragmentations2
Poème Nocturne3 • Le Chant d’amour4

Ariane Douguet, Soprano4 • Vicens Prats, Flute3
Orchestre de Paris1,3 • Paavo Järvi1 • Eivind Gullberg Jensen3
Orchestre National de France2 • Daniele Gatti2
Orchestre Colonne4 • David Coleman4

Bechara El-Khoury’s work often refers to his native Lebanon, and Orages (Storms) takes us back to youthful memories of nature’s chaotic moods, from flashes of lightning via sinister darkness to surreal and luminous calm. Espaces-Fragmentations reflects on time and ‘a strange journey into night’, while Poème nocturne marks the life of renowned French flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal. The lyrical post-Romantic style of Le Chant d’amour at times evokes the spirit of Richard Strauss.

Listen to an extract from Le Chant d'amour

More recordings of works by Bechara El-Khoury
8.572773
EL-KHOURY, B.:
Violin Concerto No. 1 /
Horn Concerto /
Clarinet Concerto

Nemtanu, Guerrier, Messina, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Masur, J.-C. Casadesus, Elts
“The music of Bechara El-Khoury is not about harsh modernity. These concertos may well set you on a path towards the composer’s other … Naxos discs.”
MusicWeb International
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8.557692
EL-KHOURY, B.:
Meditation poetique /
Piano Concerto /
Poems Nos 1 and 2

Poulet, El Bacha, Lively,
Orchestre Colonne, Dervaux
“The Piano Concerto is very approachable, with its varying conflicting moods well projected by the excellent soloist; it brings opportunities for virtuoso rhetoric.”
Penguin Guide ★★★
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8.570134
EL-KHOURY, B.:
New York, Tears and Hope /
The Rivers Engulfed

London Symphony Orchestra, Harding, Brabbins
“This is a dramatic and impressive release. Can Naxos please give us more of this fascinating composer?”
American Record Guide
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8.557691
EL-KHOURY, B.:
Orchestral Works

Orchestre Colonne, Dervaux
“El-Khoury’s orchestral sound-world is very much his own: he uses a remarkable range of orchestral effects.”
Penguin Guide ★★★
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8.557043
EL-KHOURY, B.:
The Ruins of Beirut /
Hill of Strangeness

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Sirenko
“The recording is first rate and the orchestra is on top form ... Here is a composer with a gripping and approachable voice who is well worth getting to know.”
MusicWeb International
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