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Fairouz: Native Informant

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Product Description

Mohammed Fairouz is one of the most
frequently performed, commissioned,
and recorded composers of his
generation, melding Middle-Eastern
music and poetry with Western
structures to deeply expressive effect.
Native Informant, written for leading
international soloist Rachel Barton
Pine, embodies Arabic fiddling motifs
as well as songful excitement,
underpinned by a lament for the
victims of the Egyptian Revolution.
The lullaby Tahwidah and the song
cycle Posh evoke tenderness and loss,
whilst Jebel Lebnan was commissioned
by the Imani Winds and musically
chronicles events from the Lebanese
Civil War and their effect on the
current face of Lebanon.

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Mohammed Fairouz's music at its best embodies fetching lyricism and embraces an elegantly incorporated polyglot musical language...'Chorale Fantasy' from his new recording Native Informant on Naxos Records, sets a deeply buried chorale texture against Middle Eastern melodies and flashes of Brodsky Quartet style third stream gestures. An intricate amalgam to be sure, but neither fussy nor overreaching. --Sequenza21.com

Native Informant, the Naxos American Classics new release of Fairouz' compositions, shows an effective hybrid of influences, incorporating Fairouz' international heritage with an accessibility that immediately engages the listener. --Steven Bergman - Edge, April 2013

The first sound you hear on 'Native Informant', the striking new Naxos CD of music by Arab American composer Mohammed Fairouz (born 1985) is the plaintive clarinet of David Krakauer, one of the brilliant players of the modern Klezmer music. The piece is 'Tahwidah' (lullaby) and the text comes from a poem by Palestinian writer Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) - when soprano Mellissa Hughes adds her voice, the piece builds in emotion and intensity. Throughout the remainder of the CD, one often hears emotion, intensity, and sadness. Much of this music is informed by the composer's trip to Lebanon, once the 'jewel' of the Middle East, now a trampled ground of hopes, casualties, dreams deferred or denied. --Step Tempest, Richard Kamin, April 2013

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Imani Winds, Borromeo String Quartet
  • Conductor: --
  • Composer: Mohammed Fairouz
  • Audio CD (March 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • ASIN: B00B5UBFVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Daniel R. Coombs on April 17, 2013
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Mohammed Fairouz is a young New York born composer whose music bridges styles, cultures and genres and I must say appeals to a wide audience or - at least - it should. I first became familiar with his work through his chamber music collection, "Critical Models" on Sonus Luminus. I reviewed this disc for Audiophile Audition and recall commenting that I found his music very interesting but a little inconsistent for my tastes. The present collection is my second exposure to his work and - to paraphrase my first review - I'm all in! This collection has a beautiful yet eery feel to it throughout that sounds quite like he has found his own unique style that blends "east and west". Just the opening "Tahwidah (Lullaby)" featuring the amazing clarinet work of David Krakauer and soprano Mellisa Hughes is enough to get you hooked with a love poem that ends shockingly when we discover who the singer is singing to. (No "spoiler alert"... I urge you to listen to this piece) The beauty continues with the plaintive string quartet "Chorale Fantasy" but the it is the title work "Native Informant", a long, dramatic, difficult and intense sonata for unaccompanied violin that keeps you listening. This is a sad but hopeful work that takes its cue from the ironic, sad and regrettable tensions that presently exist from the composer's native Muslim world and the rest of the world; he makes a compelling case through music to slow down and think. Rachel Barton Pine gives another incredible performance. The mood shifts a bit in "Posh", a set of three songs for baritone and piano. The texts, after poetry by Wayne Koestenbaum, give a surreal tour through the imaginary life of a Jewish man who examines the death of music as given by one who perished in the holocaust.Read more ›
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Richly beautiful music. It intertwines delicate musicality from both east and west forming a rich array of sublte emotional variations. Unapologetically dramatic, powerfully emotional; a gift to us music lovers. I loved it.
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This is an incredible new work by one of New York's most prolific young composers. His understanding of the voice as an instrument coupled with his incredible talent for composition, help him to create some of the most hauntingly beautiful music of this new generation of composers. His music is a delightful and constant fusion of eastern and western influences, creating music that is both new to the ear, and immediately unforgettable. A must have for anyone wanting to hear the next evolutionary step of "classical" music. Enjoy!
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Mohammed Fairouz's new collection featuring some great pieces and performances by violinist Rachel Barton Pine, soprano Mellissa Hughes, clarinetist David Krakauer, the Imani Winds, and many others. A splendid collection of pieces with eastern themes and perhaps his finest work to date, particularly the title piece for solo violin played by Barton Pine. Highly recommended!
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