CAN ATTILA (b.1969): Symphony No. 2 in C Minor “Gallipoli - The 57th Regiment”.
Catalogue Number: 03S001
Description: This Turkish composer’s Wikipedia page calls him “widely regarded as a pioneer in Turkish electronic and new age music” and lists the 24 “albums” he’s released since 1992 while the disc’s tray-blurb talks of “success in film and television music”. For this 55-minute symphony commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, there is nothing of the former. This is European Romantic Symphonic Music writ large (and the rather brief poems set in the third and fourth movements are even in English) with the major influences being Mahler and Bruckner. (Can even has a symphonic poem available on YouTube titled “St. Florian, Dramatic Symphonic Poem for Orchestra and Organ In memory of Anton Bruckner”. Oh, and there is a role for cello in the first, second and fourth movements which practically make this a cello concerto in addition to a symphony. At this price, this is a win-win deal! Texts included. Onut Şenler (cello), Angela Ahıskal (soprano), Bilkent Symphony Orchestra; Burak Tüzün.