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The Second Baghdad

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Rahim Al Haj began playing the oud at age nine. It was evident early on that he had a gift. He is a graudate of the prestigious Baghdad Conservatory, where he studied under the great Munir Bashir andSalim Abdul Kareem. Rahim is among the most accomplished oud players of his generation. His original compositions delicately introduce modern concepts into the tradition of Iraqi oud playhing. This CD is a compilation of Rahim's compositions reflecting his feelings for his country, Iraq, his city, Baghdad, its people and its rich Sumerian past.

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"His CD displays his strong lyrical gifts, sharp sense of rhythm and capacity for intense...emotional expression." -- Joanne Sheehy Hoover, Albuquerque Journal, Music Critic, 2003

"Rahim is considered to be one of the world-leading oud muscicians." -- Albuquerque Journal, Art & Culture, March 3, 2003

"Rahim's compositions are about a feeling for freedom and for a place in a musical tradition in the US" -- Steve Feld, Professor of Musicology, Columbia University, NYC, 2003
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  • Performer: Rahim Alhaj
  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Magnetic Fields
  • ASIN: B0000CC4TD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have seen Rahim Alhaj perform and this CD is one way to keep his wonderful concert with me always. He is one of the best oud players in the world and plays with so much emotion and skill that it is breathtaking. This CD focuses on songs about Iraq and his hometown of Baghdad and in the current situation, a better understanding of the Arab culture and incredible musical talents of that culture, like Rahim Alhaj, is a must. Rahim talks about his hope for peace, for freedom for the Iraqi people, and of personal hope, loss, and pain. This CD is one of my favorite and I've given it to many friends as a gift as well.
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The CD is fine. Although on closer listening it reveals a lot of concessions to a European musical ear. The "oud" playing is of course of a high, virtuostic standard, and must be commended for that. It makes a welcome addition to a collection on CD of "oud" players, which now includes Munir Bashir, Anouar Brahim, El Maloumi Driss, to name but a few.All of these required a lot of research in order to obtain them but well worth the effort.
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Awesome CD, very soothing. Will help inspire fresh perspective and ponder.
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