Review Of Orca Performance In Linz, Austria


From Nachrichten.at - (Translated from German)

A rock star of classical music in a candy store
On Sunday celebrated the first classical symphony of "System Of A Down" singer Serj Tankian and it's world premiere in Linz
By Luke Luger

"I feel like a kid in a candy store." Visibly moved Serj Tankian appeared to thunderous applause before the audience in the Brucknerhaus. On Sunday evening celebrated "Orca", the first symphony and world premiere from the"System Of A Down" front man. Under the direction of Werner Steinmetz, the members of the Bruckner Orchestra composite "Das Karussell Orchestra" opened up the first classic work of the Armenian-American rock stars performance.

And it was a remarkable debut. "Orca" turned out to be sublime, opulent, ostentatious, kitschy - again minimalist and compelling piece of music. Already in the first set tied: Spaghetti Western sounds eerily met "Jaws"-string arrangements. Skillfully transformed the 45-year-old, known for his rock songs Quiet / Loud scheme on the orchestra level. Time offered to the undecided Durchschnaufen dahinplätschernde second set, saved the beautiful solo passages of the first violinist Marcus Wallenberg.

Sun elated as majestically presented itself after the third "Orca" set. This was borrowed from John Williams' iconic "Imperial March" from "Star Wars" films and convinced with blissful melodies and quiet, accurate set of nuances.

Homage to it's roots.

To conclude Tankian homage to his musical roots. At the heart of the brilliant fourth set were the soft, spherical sounds of the duduk, the Armenian National Instrument. The sounds of the woodwind instrument related to the oboe embodied the "melancholy of my people," says Tankian.

The ominous duduk sounds reminiscent in places of a mystical evocation, in which the neck hairs invariably reported to the standing ovation. A fitting end to a truly successful symphonic debut.

As an encore Tankian, who was between the "Orca" sets tasting his "Elect The Dead" album the best, nor the rumbling "Empty Walls" and the touching ballad "Gate 21". A classic rock-good package in a class.

Symphony "Orca": From Serj Tankian, The Carousel Orchestra, 28 10th , Brucknerhaus