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PEETER VÄHI - IN THE MYSTICAL LAND OF KAYDARA - An African initiation rite

 
PEETER VÄHI - IN THE MYSTICAL LAND OF KAYDARA - An African initiation rite-Choir and Orchestra-Movies
ID: ERP8817 (EAN: 4742229005201)  | 1 DVD
Ausgefolgt: 2017
LABEL:
ESTONIAN RECORD PRODUCTIONS
Kolektion:
Movies
Subkolektion:
Choir and Orchestra
Komponisten:
VAHI, Peeter
Interpreten:
ELP, Rauno (baritone) | TURI, Mati (tenor) | VOLMER, Priit (bass)
Ensembles:
Estonian National Male Choir RAM | Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Dirigenten:
ERISMAA, Rasmus | GERTS, Mihhail
Andere Infos:

PAL
Screen format: 16:9
Stereo 2.0
Region: all
Total time: 62:32

− It was in the mysterious, distant country of Kaydara which no one can locate exactly nor tell us when or where the story took place. It was only a few years after the mountains had hardened, when the world-forces were just finishing carving out the river beds. Hesitating, Hammadi advanced to a large crossroads and stopped at the hour when a soft golden glimmering shone on the horizon like the aura that lights the One-Eyed King.

In the Mystical Land of Kaydara is an epic-like traditional tale of the Fulani or Fula people, who live in Mali, Senegal and some regions in Western Africa. This originally oral history was compiled and written down in the Fulani language by a Malian writer and ethnologist Amadou-Hampâté Bâ (1901-1991). The story of the land of Kaydara is in its essence a description of an initiation rite, a story of consecration − a person, who is deemed worthy gets to know something that others never will. His or her social status is elevated and he or she is given bigger power. But in order to prove their readiness and capability, they must undergo certain tests and trials. And so, three friends − Hammadi, Hamtudo and Demburu − start their journey towards the mystical land of Kaydara. It is a world of shadows ruled by the invisible Kaydara − the god of knowledge and gold (it is believed that the name Kaydara means ‘purpose’ or ‘end’). On this journey they encounter different symbols, but the only one who can notice and give important meaning to these symbols is Hammadi. He is also the only one of the three friends, who follows Kaydara's advice derived from the laws of nature and ancestors experience. Kaydara gives the friends a lot of gold for their journey. They are warned about the ambiguity of this gesture − the gold can bring them riches and well-being but it can also be a destructive force. Once again, Hammadi is the only one of the three friends who is able to maintain a clear head when faced against challenges, foreseeing that gold, when used wisely, can be helpful in acquiring new knowledge. And so he is blessed to live in happiness and contentment and becomes a great ruler without ever desiring it. Many of Peeter Vähi’s earlier works have been inspired by distant and exotic places. For example, the cantatas Supreme Silence andGreen Tārā are directly related to his repeated stays in Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhist monasteries; percussion concerto Call of Sacred Drums is a result of collaboration with Japanese taiko-drummers; the inspiration for Antartic Concerto is not hard to guess;Mary Magdalene Gospel, lasting more than an hour, was composed after visiting former Coptic churches in Ethiopia. Such is the case for this composition as well − the idea of the piece started growing on the expedition African Round, took the author through 27 African countries in 2012 and 2013. Therefore, Kaydara isn’t technically composed sitting behind a desk or a piano, but is rather Vähi's African experiences and impressions that have taken the form of music. Peeter Vähi doesn’t directly use Fulani folk tunes in this composition, but the exotic colouring is given by the Fulani language and African rhythms. In addition, the percussion arsenal of the symphony orchestra was complemented with various instruments that the composer brought with him from numerous trips to Africa.


Performers: Tanel Padar (narrator), Mati Turi (Demburu − tenor), Rauno Elp (Hammadi − baritone), Priit Volmer (Hamtudo − basso), Girls’ Choir Ellerhein (chorus master Ingrid Kõrvits and Ülle Sander), Estonian National Male Choir RAM (chorus master Rasmus Erismaa), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (concert master Arvo Leibur), conductor Mihhail Gerts
Program
 
VAHI, Peeter (b. 1955)  
Movement I: ... After the Mountains Had Hardened 
Movement II: Journey to the Underworld 
Movement III: Before the Throne of Kaydara player fragm, live 
Movement IV: Gold, a Lot of Gold 
Movement V: The Death of Demburu and Hamtuudo player fragm, live 
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