The Art of Storytelling – The Warrior Violinist
Music from Wyastone – Studio Concert Series
About this Concert
Inspired by an Egyptian folk tale and the legend engraved on a pink granite slab between the paws of the Sphinx, ‘The Warrior Violinist’ is a cautionary parable about yearning to be what one is not. The story is about a young lad who plays the violin with an all-consuming passion and then finds another love – the princess of the kingdom.
ESO’s ‘Art of Storytelling’ project presents world premiere recordings and broadcasts of five exceptional works for narrator and orchestra. From the cheeky humour of the Brothers’ Grimm to the touching tale of Hans Christian Andersen’s Ugly Duckling, and from the Jewish humour of Lubin from Chelm to the ancient Egyptian tale of The Warrior Violinist, this is classic family entertainment for the modern age at its finest, a powerful synthesis of great literature and great music.
About the Piece - The Warrior Violinist
About the Narrator - Davood Ghadami
About the Composer - Jay Reise
About the Soloist - Zoë Beyers
Creating 'The Warrior Violinist' with Davood Ghadami
In conversation with composer Jay Reise
ABOUT MUSICAL STORYTELLING: ZOË BEYERS IN CONVERSATION WITH DAVID YANG AND KENNETH WOODS
ESO Leader Zoë Beyers talks to Kenneth Woods and David Yang about the evolution of the Auricolae Music and Storytelling project which gave birth to many of the the storytelling works featured in our series.
The Music Room series is produced by Shropshire Music Trust and supported by Arts Council England.
Arcana.fm - 23rd December 2020
Following on from its uproarious version of Lubin from Chelm [*], the English Symphony Orchestra continues its series of pieces for virtual storytelling in the guise of an old Egyptian tale – here given a contemporary twist to result in the ‘morality’ fable The Warrior Violinist.
This is a parable about being careful what one wishes for. It centres on a youth who plays the violin to exclusion of all else, then finds an even greater other love – the Pharaoh’s daughter. Imagining himself inferior, he bids the Sphinx transform him into a great warrior – in which guise he vanquishes Egypt’s enemies. The princess can love only the man she heard playing the violin and when the warrior tries to reclaim his former prowess, he finds himself unable to play – the Sphinx’s warning that no-one can be changed back having proven only too true.
Davood Ghadami is a personable and thoughtful narrator; his understatement enabling one to focus on a musical score that, even more than the previous two in this series, packs a wealth of incident into a through-composed score which is effortlessly sustained over its 18 minutes. A tribute, indeed, to the initiative of Jay Reise in having elaborated a piece written almost a decade ago for this Art of Storytelling series. Not the least of its attractions is the extensive role allotted solo violin, played here by Zoë Beyers with no mean poise and resourcefulness.
The remaining ESO musicians play with skill and sensitivity, while Kenneth Woods ensures clarity of texture even in denser passages. The production should provoke children and adults alike – and, as usual with ESO, a range of sundry material enhances the overall experience.
Recorded at Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, on 30th July 2020
Orchestra Manager: Simon Brittlebank / The Music Agency
Stage Manager: Ed Hayes / The Music Agency
Producer & Editor: Tim Burton
Engineer & Editor: Matthew Swan
Producer & Editor: Tim Burton
Engineer: Richard Cottle