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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.   Play with flash player I. Lamentation 00:04:34
2.   Play with flash player II. Desecration 00:04:03
3.   Play with flash player III. Benediction 00:10:49
4.   Play with flash player IV. Profanation 00:03:49
5.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player I. Annunciation 00:08:41
2.   Play with flash player II. Vision 00:06:42
3.   Play with flash player III. Celebration 00:03:28
4.   Play with flash player IV. Atonement 00:08:53
5.   Play with flash player V. Consecration 00:08:22
6.   Play with flash player VI. Parable 00:04:21
7.   Play with flash player 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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Release Date: 06/2015

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