Duration ca. 12′ 30″
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Performances of Ramal:
2014: Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), BBC Proms (England), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Salzburg Festival (Austria)
2015: Malmo Opera Orchestra (Sweden)
2016: Grand Teton Music Festival (Jackson Hole, WY)
2017: Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago), Nurenberg Staatstheatre Orchestra (Germany), LUCA University for the arts Symfonieorkest (Luven, Belgium)
Daniel Barenboim on Ramal “Roustom… has written a very brilliant rhythmical piece, extremely well orchestrated.”
Ramal is a commissioned work for the West-Eastern DIVAN Orchestra. The first performance was given at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires on August 11th 2014 by the West-Eastern DIVAN Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. Subsequent performances by the same took place at the Teatro Colón August 13th, the Lucerne Festival on August 17th, the BBC Proms on August 20th and the Salzburg Festival on August 22nd , 2014.
Duration ca. 12 minutes. View original score here.
View the revised score here. The revised version will be premiered on February 11th by the Malmo Opera Orchestra under Ralf Kircher.
New York Times Ramal is “propulsive, colorful and [an] immediately appealing creation.”Full article here.
The Guardian described it as “arrestingly quirky and postmodern… This was music with lots of personality”Full article here.
The Telegraph ” Ramal was refreshingly decisive. The transitions… were so ingenious, and the whole thing shaped with such irresistible momentum” Full review here.
The Independent “Roustom’s Ramal was a natural companion piece to the colouristic, richly-textured Ravel – a sort of anti-Boléro, whose jagged rhythms and fretful unease spoke of conflict silenced elsewhere in the evening. Nervy strings bustled fractiously, punctuated by low brass mutterings and squalls of tuned percussion.” Full review here.