Saturday, April 05, 2014

Unusual concertos [68]: Ney

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 60+ this time.

The sixty-eighth concerto deals with the ney (image source). This is the end-blown flute that has been popular in the Middle East for about 5000 years - making it one of the oldest instruments in the world. Not surprisingly, it did not find use in western classical music until fairly recently. The one concerto I know for this instrument was composed by Fazil Say, a Turkish pianist and composer. On the one existing (live) recording, it is played by Burcu Karadag and the Orchestra of National Theater Mannheim under Dan Ettinger, available on a Naive CD.

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