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Fairouz: Sumeida's Song / Dunn, Miller, Calloway, Mack, The Mimesis Ensemble

Fairouz / Miller / Calloway / Mack / Dunn
Release Date: 10/09/2012 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9385   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mohammed Fairouz
Performer:  Jo Ellen MillerRachel CallowayRobert MackMischa Bouvier
Conductor:  Scott Dunn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Mimesis Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sumeida's Song, is Mohammed Fairouz's first opera, completed when the brilliant Arab-American composer was 22 years old. The opera is based on Tawfiq al-Hakim's play "Song of Death", a classic in Arab theater. Sumeida's Song follows the return of Alwan, a young man, from Cairo to his village in Upper Egypt. He defies his family's expectations that he will fulfill an age-old blood feud. Instead, he reveals that the true purpose of his return is to end the violence, and bring light and enlightenment to his village. For challenging the structure of his society, he pays the ultimate price. Mohammed Fairouz's score is an inspired synthesis of the microtonal inflections of Arabic maquam (much of the second and third scenes are composed Read more using quarter-tones) and more traditional western opera. Sumeida's Song comes at a poignant time in Arab history with Alwan posing the eternal question: "Have not our people the same rights in life as others?" - Bridge Records Read less

Works on This Recording

Sumeida's Song by Mohammed Fairouz
Performer:  Jo Ellen Miller (Soprano), Rachel Calloway (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Mack (Tenor),
Mischa Bouvier (Baritone)
Conductor:  Scott Dunn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Mimesis Ensemble
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 

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