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DANIELPOUR, R.: Darkness in the Ancient Valley / Lacrimae Beati / A Woman's Life (Plitmann, Brown, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero)

Composer(s):Danielpour, Richard
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.559707
Label Naxos
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Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour has been championed by musicians ranging from Leonard Bernstein to the Emerson String Quartet. Lacrimae Beati owes its origin to Mozart’s Requiem and was conceived after a perilous flight in 2002. 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. A Woman’s Life is a cycle of poems by Maya Angelou which charts a moving trajectory from childhood to old age.


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A Return to Roots
Review By rgraves321,December 2013

"Darkness in the Ancient Valley" marks Richard Danielpour's return to his Persian heritage. The basis for this five-movement symphony is a 16th century Iranian poem.

To my ears, the opening movement sounds like film music trying to evoke a Middle Eastern setting. But as the work progresses, pastiche gives way to passion, and the music develops its own blended and original voice. The final movement for orchestra and soprano (Hila Plitmann, for whom the part was written) brings the work home with an emotional and transcendent finale.

Rounding out the release are two other orchestral works. "Lacrimae Beati" sounds a little like Copland with its open intervals. Although based on the first eight bars of Mozart's Requiem (reportedly the last music he ever wrote), more....



Review By MaestroSteve, Cinemusical,November 2013

The recording here is an interesting pairing of works that shifts from Danielpour’s Persian heritage but still creates a very American-sounding work. The connection with women in the opening symphony makes for a great companion to the Angelou-based texts that complete this release. © 2013 Cinemusical Read complete review





 

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