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The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra: Scheherazade and Other Musical Tales

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Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

Airs Friday, May 29, at 12 noon. The WFMT Radio Network invites your listeners to Turkey and the shores of the Bosphorus for Scheherazade and Other Musical Tales from the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. This one-hour, music-based profile includes selections from the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra's latest CD, their third collaboration with the bespoke classical label ONYX Classics, along with commentary from many of the principals involved.
   "We're coming together here to create an orchestra from Turkey with an international voice. Being in Istanbul we can say it's like building a bridge, not over the Bosphorus but musically, building it to Western Europe, the U.S. and abroad." — Sascha Goertzel, Music and Artistic Director, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

Since its founding in 1999, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra has established itself as a world-class symphony orchestra with a unique voice. The new album finds the ensemble exploring the eastern musical roots of late 19th and early 20th-century Europe, as well as elements from the eastern side of the Bosphorus which influenced the western cultural background of many composers.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev: Islamey
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivonov: Caucasian Sketches
Ulvi Cemal Erkin: Köçekçe, Dance Rhapsody for Orchestra

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Philippe Entremont

Airs Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m. We follow with a concert featuring Philippe Entremont in concert at the Savannah Music Festival. What do you grow up to be when your father is an opera conductor and your mother is a pianist? Well, in the case of the French artist Philippe Entremont, he became one of the world's leading pianists and a well-known conductor. On this episode of the Savannah Music Festival LIVE, we listen to two great masterworks played on piano by Mr. Entremont, including Beethoven's 23rd Sonata, as well as the Sonata for Two Pianos in F Minor by Brahms played by Entremont and his former student, pianist Sebastian Knauer.