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DANIELPOUR, R.: Ancient Voices


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DANIELPOUR, R.: Ancient Voices

One of the most sought-after and decorated composers of his generation, Richard Danielpour refers to himself as “an American composer with a Middle Eastern memory.” His distinctive voice is part of a rich neo-Romantic heritage which includes 20th century American and European composers alike. Darkness in the Ancient Valley, a symphony in five movements inspired by recent events in Iran, utilises a wide range of Persian folk-melodies and Sufi rhythms. Toward a Season of Peace is an oratorio which explores violence and war in the name of religion, using the season of spring as a metaphor for change and transformation towards songs of peace through forgiveness. Danielpour’s insistence on music having “an immediate visceral impact” can be heard throughout his oeuvre, and the beautifully translated Persian poetry and rich spirit of harmony in Toward a Season of Peace make it symbolic of a brighter future for our time.

Disc 1

Danielpour, Richard
Rūmī, Jalāl al-Dīn / Abdulla, Raficq, lyricist(s)

  Darkness in the Ancient Valley
1.   I. Lamentation 00:04:34
2.   II. Desecration 00:04:03
3.   III. Benediction 00:10:49
4.   IV. Profanation 00:03:49
5.   V. Finale: Consecration 00:12:35

Disc 2

Danielpour, Richard
Bible - Old Testament / Mutanabbi, Al / Arabi, Ibn / Rūmī, Jalāl al-Dīn, lyricist(s)

  Toward a Season of Peace
1.   I. Annunciation 00:08:41
2.   II. Vision 00:06:42
3.   III. Celebration 00:03:28
4.   IV. Atonement 00:08:53
5.   V. Consecration 00:08:22
6.   VI. Parable 00:04:21
7.   VII. Apotheosis 00:10:10

Total Playing Time: 01:26:27

Danielpour, Richard

Abdulla, Raficq; Arabi, Ibn; Bible - Old Testament; Mutanabbi, Al; Rūmī, Jalāl al-Dīn

Guerrero, Giancarlo; St. Clair, Carl

Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Pacific Symphony Orchestra

Pacific Chorale

Plitmann, Hila

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Sacred; Orchestral

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.578311-12

Barcode: 747313831173

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Physical Release: 06/2015

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