Experience

A WORLD SYMPHONY

In 2020, we put all our energy into the biggest CD production in our orchestra’s history. Recorded in the most beautiful and best studios studios in Baden-Württemberg and Europe, we have not only put our heart and soul into it, but also the best recording technology of a fantastic audio team around Markus Born & Dennis Kopacz.

For this production we were able to record such diverse and fascinating singers as Jay Alexander, Abeer Nehme, Yasemine Sannino, Oksana Voytovich, Eve Leticia, Jerusalem Ilfu, Mohamad Habbal, Serkan Ates & Kandara Diebate. The result is a concept album comparable to the great 70’s albums of Pink Floyd, David Bowie and the Beatles.

It is a great honor for us that Universal Music MENA has released our album.

With this program, the “Orchestra of Cultures” gives us an overview of its first ten years and at the same time also an outlook on the future. Sacred works such as the “Ave Verum” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in an extraordinary arrangement by Adrian Werum are juxtaposed with cross-cultural symphonic pop songs such as “Sonbahar” and “Für mein neues Vaterland”.

Tenor Jay Alexander, who has lent his voice to the orchestra for many years, sets new artistic accents with Robert Schumann’s “Im wunderschönen Monat Mai.”

But Abeer Nehme, one of the most beautiful voices of the contemporary Orient, is also part of this world tour, as are Mohammad Habbal and the Philharmonia Chor Stuttgart with their fusion of the Arabic hymn “Mouteni” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” “Recorded in the Kleine Audiowelt Heidelberg and in the Hans Rosbaud Studios of the SWR in Baden-Baden, mastered by Christoph Stickel in Vienna, we were united on this CD – recording technology and art as we always imagined,” says Adrian Werum.

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A WORLD SYMPHONY

With this program, the „Orchester der Kulturen” presents both a retrospective of its first 10 years and an insight into what might be on the cards in the future. Sacred works, such as Adrian Werum’s remarkable reworking of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Ave Verum”, stand side by side with cross-cultural symphonic pop songs, such as “Sonbahar” and “Für mein neues Vaterland. Longtime collaborator, Jay Alexander, sets new artistic accents with Robert Schumann’s “Im wunderschönen Monat Mai”. One of the most beautiful voices in contemporary Middle Eastern music, Abeer Nehme, also features as part of the musical dicoveries to be heard in this collection. Similarly, Mohammad Habbal and the Philharmonia Choir Stuttgart with their fusion of the Arabic hymn, “Mawtini” and Ludvig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. The album was recorded at the Kleine Audio- welt studios in Heidelberg and in the Hans-Rosbaud Studio of the SWR broadcasters in Baden-Baden. Mastering was by Christoph Stickel in Vienna. The artistic process combined with state-of-the-art recording has allowed us to do deliver a standard above and beyond what we could ever have imagined. We are definitely “Made in Germany”, but have made a truly “World Symphony”: for you, our worldwide audience.

Tenor Jay Alexander, who has lent his voice to the orchestra for many years, sets new artistic accents with Robert Schumann’s “Im wunderschönen Monat Mai.”

But Abeer Nehme, one of the most beautiful voices of the contemporary Orient, is also part of this world tour, as are Mohammad Habbal and the Philharmonia Chor Stuttgart with their fusion of the Arabic hymn “Mouteni” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” “Recorded in the Kleine Audiowelt Heidelberg and in the Hans Rosbaud Studios of the SWR in Baden-Baden, mastered by Christoph Stickel in Vienna, we were united on this CD – recording technology and art as we always imagined,” says Adrian Werum.

DAS LIED ( Premiere 2023 )

The German art song is a special art form and has not changed further in the 21st century. The intimate character of the singer and piano have remained untouched, as has their roots in German Romanticism. In “The Song 2.0.” we break up this song tradition and open it up to new orchestral timbres, ethnic instruments and singers from other cultures, contrast the texts with similar texts from other cultures and mix the colors of excellent classical singers  with singers from other cultures. Famous songs from the cycles of Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Wagner, Strauss and Werum are not only orchestrated, but also restructured in terms of composition. An exciting project based in the rich tradition of German romanticism and at the same time looking into the future opening new artistic paths.

SPIRIT OF ONE ( Premiere 2024 )

An inter-religious crossover project: spiritual texts and works form the basis of this new composition by Adrian Werum. Prayers and wisdom from Christianity, Buddhism and Islam form a wonderful union with Bach’s chorales, Mozart’s melodies and improvised parts from non-European musical cultures.

Through the members of the Orchester der Kulturen, the most diverse of religions come together. Within the concept for „Spirit of One“ there was also the conviction that it was time for a new spiritual movement, not based on traditions and prohibitions, as in conventional religions, but which strives to be an inspiration for spiritual experience for everyone, regardless of their religious or anti-religious tradition. An attempt is made to open up to European ears the hypnotic effect of trance, as experienced with the Whirling Dervishes. Hypnotizing beats form an exciting symbiosis with thematic mate- rial from Mozart‘s Piano Concerto in D minor. from Duduk to Didgeridoo in a breathtaking tempo tour de force. 

ROOTS - NO ROOTS ( Premiere 2024 )

Every kind of music has its roots, but always crosses borders and is universally understandable. Adventurous fans of pop and world music will get their money’s worth at the joint concert by the Orchestra of Cultures and the Musikwerk Pop-Chor.

With their ensembles, Adrian Werum and Arnd Pohlmann show that you can always strike down new roots with complete freedom.