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Rabih Abou-KhalilAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Enja
  • ASIN: B00000JJK3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Requiem
2. Imminent Journey
3. A Gracious Man
4. On A Bus
5. Grateful Parting
6. The Passage Of Life
7. Through The Window
8. Lithe Dream
9. Puppet Master
10. Bint El Bahr
11. The End Of Faith
12. The Knowledge Of A Child

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Lebanese-born composer Rabih Abou-Khalil has spent most of his professional life in Europe, studying classical and popular Western music and integrating it into a jazzlike vision in collaborations with both Western and Asian musicians. Yara is yet another unique study in music; Abou-Khalil unites the Western string tradition (cello and violin) with frame drums and his own oud artistry to create a spacious, acoustic soundtrack for a film of the same name. Imagery is no stranger to this composer; his jazz excursions have created large, breathless landscapes. Yara, however, is a decidedly different creature. The music is a tempered, concise map measured in millimeters rather than miles. The interplay between the musicians is precise and careful and finds its beauty in incredibly small images that are surrounded by an all-important silence. Yara is a passionate whisper. --Louis Gibson

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rabih Abou-Khalil continues to grow August 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a long-time fan of Rabih Abou-Khalil (I've got the whole series), I am very pleased to hear him continue to grow in new musical directions. His use of solo violin and cello on this album shows that he knows how to exploit the possibilities of these instruments within the kind of music he loves. I think it's a great improvment over his Arabian Waltz album, where the string quartet with tuba was pleasant enough, but to my ears his music is much more interesting with fewer players sharing a looser, more personal interaction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The desert, the sea, wide open spaces March 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yara is both the basis of a film soundtrack and Rahih Abou-Khalil's response to the death of his father. Either might appear unpromising as a starting-point, yet the recording has a startling freshness and entrancing sensuality.
Abou-Khalil once gave an apt explanation. "If you go out into a desert or out on the sea, there's a certain sadness that fills you, but it's not entirely unpleasant. You enjoy it and want it to linger, because it's a precious emotion, even if it's painful."
He was talking both about "Yara" (`wound in the soul') the movie - which is set in the vast steppes of central Turkey - and his own feeling about the loss of his father, William, who died in March 1998. "Yara" the album has a starkness and intensity that reflects both.
There is a lot of space in the music, composed for a quartet with cello (Vincent Courtois), violin (Dominique Pifarely) and frame drums (Nabil Khaiat). The arrangements are often sparse. And there is far, far more of Abou-Khalil's oud-playing than on albums like "Arabian Waltz" and "Odd Times".
There is also an infectious spontaneity. Abou-Khalil wrote the music in two days without sleep after receiving an unexpected phone-call from Turkish director, Yilmaz Arslan, asking for music for a film about a girl who flees a despotic uncle across the wastes of Anatolia. But Rabih's frantic burst of creativity was in large part the outpouring of his feelings about his father, which he had left unexpressed in all the practical problems after his death.
The opener "Requiem" is a thoughtful, slow, sensual tune, established with cello and violin, with the melody and the oud gradually becoming more pronounced over Nabil Khaiat's frame drum.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful oriental melodies for violin January 5, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Friends ! Here, in my humble opinion, Rabih Abou Khalil is at his BEST !...These are wonderful moderate violin peaces , accompanied by oriental rythms of frame drums...Thoughtfull and somewhat melancholic flow of Cairo nights arias...If truth be told, I am not even an avid fan of the composer, but this particular album is MAGNIFICENT !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed June 13, 2005
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This is one of Rabih Abou-Khalil's most impressive achievements. The melodic lines are astonishingly long, varied and beautiful. Some of his loveliest -- and saddest -- tunes are here. The arrangements (with Dominique Pifarely on violin, Vincent Courtois on cello and Nabil Khaiat on drums) approach the perfection of a string quartet, every note crystalline, yet the music is accessible to all listeners. If you can get hold of a copy of Yara, I am sure you will treasure it.
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