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Tafreshipour: Persian Echoes / Dall'Ollio, English Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8579023  
Composer:  Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour
Performer:  Gabriella Dall'OlioMary DulleaKatie PryceChristopher O'Neal,   ... 
Conductor:  Alexander RahbariDarragh Morgan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraCrash Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour is a leading composer from Iran whose music reaches across time and continents, being at once universal, richly exotic, and filled with the composer’s own exhilarating joy in creativity. The first ever Iranian harp concerto, Persian Echoes, weaves together Western classical heritage with sounds associated with Persian traditional music, including evocative modes and the lively rhythms of the region’s folk music. Improvisation is used compellingly in the rhapsodic Lucid Dreams, the light and darkness of Yearning in C and the vast landscape of Alas. Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour is a leading composer from Iran whose music reaches across time and continents, being at once universal, richly exotic, and filled with the composer’s own exhilarating joy in creativity. The first ever Iranian harp concerto, Persian Echoes, weaves together Western classical heritage with sounds associated with Persian traditional music, including evocative modes and the lively rhythms of the region’s folk music. Improvisation is used compellingly in the rhapsodic Lucid Dreams, the light and darkness of Yearning in C and the vast landscape of Alas. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Persian Echoes by Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour
Performer:  Gabriella Dall'Olio (Harp)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Iran 
2.
Alas by Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour
Performer:  Mary Dullea (Piano), Katie Pryce (Horn), Christopher O'Neal (Oboe),
Richard Skinner (Bassoon), Helen Pierce (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Darragh Morgan
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Iran 
3.
Lucid Dreams by Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour
Performer:  Adi Tal (Cello), Gabriella Dall'Olio (Harp), Darragh Morgan (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Iran 
4.
Yearning in C by Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour
Conductor:  Darragh Morgan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crash Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Iran 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Persian Echoes aptly named January 12, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour isn't the first composer to meld his cultural musical heritage into classical composition. And he does so as convincingly as Dvorak, Bartok, or De Falla (in his own style, of course). Tafreshipour said this of Persian Echoes, his harp concerto: My intention was not to compose an exotic piece simply with the use of Eastern melodies, but rather a work which weaves together sounds associated with Persian traditional music combined with Western classical music. And he succeeds. The Persian modes he uses gives the work a strong ethnic identity. And yet the structure and use of those modes build on Western art music traditions. It's a fluid work that takes the listener on an engaging journey of discovery. Alas for chamber quintet also uses traditional Persian motives. In this case, though, the overall sound is more Western -- and more academic. The oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano pop in and out with little fragments that occasionally grind against each other. It's not a bad work -- just one that sits in stark contrast to the tonal harp concerto that precedes it. The four works on this release present several sides of Amir Tafreshipour's style. Whether his music is consonant or dissonant, it always retains a trace of his Middle Eastern heritage. And that blend makes his a unique and interesting compositional voice." Report Abuse
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