East of Melancholy | Delos DE3471

East of Melancholy

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Label: Delos

Cat No: DE3471

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 30th June 2014

Contents

Works

Glinka, Mikhail

The lark (arr. Mili Balakirev)

Hossein, Aminollah

Caravan
Mosaics, op.19
» Scenes from summer
» Serenade Tartare
Persian Miniatures, op.25
» Call of remembrance
» Call of the desert
» Invitation to the spell
» Solitude
Prelude no.1 'Homage to Omar Khayyam'

Kamangar, Tara

Etude 'East of Melancholy'

Khachaturian, Aram

Spartacus
» Adagio

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Preludes (13), op.32
» no.12 in G sharp minor

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Preludes (24), op.34
» no.10 in C sharp minor
» no.12 in D minor

Tjeknavorian, Loris

Fantastic Dances, op.2
» Dance of Ecstasy
» Dance of Elegy
» Festive Dance
» Lyrical Dance

Artists

Tara Kamangar (piano)

Works

Glinka, Mikhail

The lark (arr. Mili Balakirev)

Hossein, Aminollah

Caravan
Mosaics, op.19
» Scenes from summer
» Serenade Tartare
Persian Miniatures, op.25
» Call of remembrance
» Call of the desert
» Invitation to the spell
» Solitude
Prelude no.1 'Homage to Omar Khayyam'

Kamangar, Tara

Etude 'East of Melancholy'

Khachaturian, Aram

Spartacus
» Adagio

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Preludes (13), op.32
» no.12 in G sharp minor

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Preludes (24), op.34
» no.10 in C sharp minor
» no.12 in D minor

Tjeknavorian, Loris

Fantastic Dances, op.2
» Dance of Ecstasy
» Dance of Elegy
» Festive Dance
» Lyrical Dance

Artists

Tara Kamangar (piano)

About

Russia’s centuries-old geographic proximity to Muslim regions – historically regarded as part of the “orient” – has resulted in considerable cultural and artistic cross-fertilization, particularly in the realm of music. Most Russian composers during (and since) the Romantic era have thus incorporated elements of what one could call “oriental exoticism” into their compositions.

Captivating pianist Tara Kamangar – an American of Iranian descent – has made it her musical mission to explore such musical connections, specifically as they apply to the traditions of Iran and Russia.

In this album, Tara’s first for Delos, we hear illustrative examples in works by Glinka, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. But her emphasis here is on the music of two fascinating 20th-Century Iranian composers whose work remains virtually unknown in the West: Aminollah Hossein and Loris Tjeknavorian.

Tara’s virtuosity and flair for the musical traditions of her Iranian forbears combine to bring these works to thrilling and idiomatically true life.

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