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  • Performer: Behzad Ranjbaran
  • Conductor: Lso
  • Composer: JoAnn Falletta
  • Audio CD (October 26, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delos
  • ASIN: B0003JAHRE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Persian Trilogy - Behzad Ranjbaran

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...Very highly colorful, expertly scored... lively writing, huge, swirling climaxes... memorable fragments of tunes of a Persian nature...a properly confident orchestral composer... -- Fanfare Magazine

The music is unmistakably graphic in its appeal. Dark, threatening, driving, splashy and brilliant... -- Los Angeles Times

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Townsend on February 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I became aware of this music through my professional interaction with music publishers. I heard just a snippet of Seven Passages and knew that I wanted to hear more. The whole of Seven Passages thrilled me completely. It is full of vibrant colors, bright melody, energy and brilliant orchestration. Going beyond this first exposure to the work I got this recording of the complete trilogy and have enjoyed listening to it many times.

The recording by Joann Falletta and he London Symphony Orchestra is superb. The clarity of the recording brings to life the many subtle shades and sounds that are hidden throughout the score. The daring and imaginative orchestrations throughout and the internal character of each section of these wonderful stories are brought to life, are captured by the meticulous attention to the details of the score.

Each of the three works that make up this trilogy, while all finding inspiration in the great Persian epic poem "Shahnameh" are somewhat different in their character - perhaps representing the evolution of the composer over the 11 years that he was writing them. Seemorgh was the first to be written in 1989, followed by "The Blood of Seyavash" as a ballet in 1994, and Seven Passages in 1999 / 2000.

Seemorgh - in three movements - captures the beauty of the poem in very descriptive fashion. The orchestration reminds me of a cross between Rimsky-Korsakov and Ferde Grofe particularly in the Moonlight movement.

The Blood of Seyavash is a quite complex and more intellectual work. The program notes outline clearly how the composer used a style of thematic transformation to show how the story unfolds. The drama of the story can be heard throughout, and all I can say is that I wish I could see the ballet sometime!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Shade on January 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Outstanding work. Very Sheharazade-like. Great performance. I first heard this piece played live with the composer in attendance. It is a wonderful experience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Lozier on March 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
All eleven movements in the Trilogy are full of livey passages. It's exciting to listen to and share. A true master work of a new age in "classical" music. I hight recommend it.
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Ranjbaran has composed music that sounds like a movie sound-track but with no movie...at least not yet. Would love to see the three portions of this done in cartoon, or more expensively in live theater. The music is distinctly Middle Eastern, but I would have trouble identifying it as Irani (or Persian, if you prefer). This reminds me of the music that Sibelius wrote for portions of "The Kalevala". I have read that extensive poem several times through and can relate to the music composed for various portions. Now I will have to obtain the "Shanameh" (Book of Kings) which was the inspiration for Ranjbaran's Persian Trilogy. Got to know the actors and actresses and the plot to better appreciate what he has composed. As concrete music, however, it is delightful and even more enjoyment will come with increased knowledge! Explore and make the purchase.
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