Abdi - Hafez | Naxos 866042627

Abdi - Hafez

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 866042627

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 13th August 2021

Contents

Artists

Mohammad Motamedi (tenor)
Hossein Alishapour (tenor)
Babak Sabouri (baritone)
Eshaq Anvar (tenor)
Mohammad Zakerhossein (tenor)
Ali Zandevakili (tenor)
Haleh Seyfizadeh (mezzo-soprano)
Credo Chamber Choir
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Conductor

Vladimir Sirenko

Works

Abdi, Behzad

Hafez

Artists

Mohammad Motamedi (tenor)
Hossein Alishapour (tenor)
Babak Sabouri (baritone)
Eshaq Anvar (tenor)
Mohammad Zakerhossein (tenor)
Ali Zandevakili (tenor)
Haleh Seyfizadeh (mezzo-soprano)
Credo Chamber Choir
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Conductor

Vladimir Sirenko

About

The music of Iranian composer Behzad Abdi fuses dastgāh (the Iranian modal system) with Western classical forms. He wrote Iranís first national opera, Rumi (Naxos 866042425), and Hafez also exemplifies his approach to the medium. The operaís subject is the great Persian poet and mystic Hafez, whose sonnets and poetry are still widely read across the Persian-speaking world today. Behrouz Gharibpourís libretto traces the poetís tribulations, memories of keeping his poems from being destroyed by a despotic government, and subsequent exile. Abdiís polytonal technique serves to reflect the unique concepts of Hafezís 14th-century poetry with passion, lyricism and power.

Behzad Abdi is possibly the leading Iranian composer of our time. He was nominated in the 29th Fajr Film Festival for ĎSon of the Suní in 2011. In 2001 he won a special prize in composition at the International Puppet Theatre festival in Poland (Bialivostok) for The Last Flower. Abdi has lived in the Ukraine for a number of years Ė the performance is recorded there with the forces of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, an orchestra that has recorded extensively for Naxos.

Cast:
- Hafez: Mohammad Motamedi (tenor)
- Obeid Zakani: Hossein Alishapour (tenor)
- Sultan Mobarezedin: Babak Sabouri (baritone)
- Poet / Khayyam: Eshaq Anvar (tenor)
- Mohammad Gol-andam: Mohammad Zakerhossein (tenor)
- Farmer: Ali Zandevakili (tenor)
- Shakh-e Nabat: Haleh Seyfizadeh (mezzo-soprano)

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