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Mohammed Fairouz: Poems and Prayers [2 CDs & 1 Blu-ray Audio]

Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92177   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mohammed Fairouz
Performer:  David KrakauerSasha CookeDavid Kravitz
Conductor:  Neal Stulberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  UCLA PhilharmoniaUCLA ChoraleUCLA University Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes 1 blu-ray audio CD playable on blu-ray players only and 1 standard CD playable on all CD players.

“A young man’s extraordinary effort to say what needs to be said, feel what needs to be felt and demonstrate what needs to be demonstrated about the Israeli and Palestinian morass in the Middle East.” Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times (on Symphony No. 3: Poems & Prayers)

In the context of a world focused on the chaos and strife in the Middle East, Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz presents two new masterworks that combine the musical and textual backgrounds of the region, exalting the commonalities, and sharing a vision of unity and hope for peace. Combining massive musical forces with star powered
Read more soloists, this release – the second by Sono Luminus of works by this young composer called “an important new artistic voice” by the New York Times – delivers a musically, sonically, and spiritually engaging album that transcends culture or creed.
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Works on This Recording

Tahrir by Mohammed Fairouz
Performer:  David Krakauer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Neal Stulberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  UCLA Philharmonia
Symphony no 3 "Poems and Prayers" by Mohammed Fairouz
Performer:  Sasha Cooke (Mezzo Soprano), David Kravitz (Baritone)
Conductor:  Neal Stulberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  UCLA Philharmonia,  UCLA Chorale,  UCLA University Chorus

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