Poems and Prayers
UCLA Philharmonia - UCLA Chorale
UCLA University Chorus - Neal Stulberg, conductor
Sasha Cooke mezzo soprano - David Krakaur clarinet - David Kravitz Baritone
CD + Pure Audio Blu-Ray
A young man's extraordinary effort to say what needs to be said, feel what needs to be felt and demonstrate what needs to be demonstrated about the Israeli and Palestinian morass in the Middle East. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times (on Symphony No. 3: Poems & Prayers)
In the context of a world focused on the chaos and strife in the Middle East, Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz presents two new masterworks that combine the musical and textual backgrounds of the region, exalting the commonalities, and sharing a vision of unity and hope for peace. Combining massive musical forces with star powered soloists, this release – the second by Sono Luminus of works by this young composer called an important new artistic voice by the New York Times – delivers a musically, sonically, and spiritually engaging album that transcends culture or creed.
The opening work inspired by the Egyptian uprising, TAHRIR strips away vast cultural divides through the intertwining of Arabic modes and complex rhythmic patterns traditionally found in Arabic music with that of Jewish Klezmer Bands, delivered by world renowned clarinetist David Krakauer. The piece, which the Los Angeles Times praised as an arresting tour de force takes its name from the site where so many young voices were lifted up together in unity for change and provides musical proof of a deep commonality in the traditions that is overlooked due to deep-rooted stress between the two cultures.
Symphony No.3: Poems and Prayers is a poetic Middle Eastern journey scored for solo vocalists, large mixed chorus and orchestra. Leading the performance are GRAMMY® award winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and critically acclaimed baritone David Kravitz. Commissioned by The Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development at Northeastern University, the symphony expresses ancient and modern texts ranging from the Aramaic Kaddish to modern Israeli and Arabic poetry by Mahmoud Darwish, Yehuda Amichai and Fadwa Tuqan.
The Pure Audio Blu-rayTM disc Contains:
24/96kHz FLAC, 320kbps Mp3, 2.0 24/96kHz LPCM, 5.0 24/96kHz DTSHD MA, 7.0 24/96kHz DTSHD MA
1) TAHRIR 10:16|
for B Flat Clarinet and Orchestra
Symphony No. 3 POEMS AND PRAYERS
for Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
2) I. Kaddish 6:52
3) II. Lullaby 5:43
4) Minyan 7:13
5) III. Night Fantasy 5:01
6) Oseh Shalom 6:59
7) IV. Memorial Day for the War Dead 28:30
Total Time: 70:30
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