- Hila Plitmann (Soprano)
Notes & Reviews:
One of the most sought-after and acclaimed composers of his generation, Richard Danielpour refers to himself as 'an American composer with a Middle Eastern memory.' His distinctive voice is part of a rich neo-Romantic heritage which includes composers such as Copland, Bernstein and Barber. Toward a Season of Peace is an oratorio which explores violence and war in the name of religion, using the season of spring as a metaphor for change and transformation toward songs of peace through forgiveness. Danielpour's insistence on music having 'an immediate visceral impact' can be heard throughout his oeuvre, and the beautifully translated Persian poetry and rich spirit of harmony in Toward a Season of Peace make it symbolic of a brighter future for everyone.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Cen (03/22/2012-03/25/2012).
Unlike Bernstein's "Requiem Mass," Danielpour never gets preachy. He lets the inherent beauty of the poetic texts, supported by his music, speak for itself. The work is tonal and quite easy to follow -- which I suspect was Danielpour's intention. This isn't an esoteric work for the cognescenti, but rather a work that can be heard and enjoyed by a much wider audience. If you enjoy "modern" composers such as Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, or Michael Tippett, then you should find much to like in Daneilpour's composition. Not that he sounds like any of those composers, but Danielpour seems to be coming from the same place.
In the liner notes Danielpour talks about reconnecting with his Persian musical heritage, and several parts of the score reflect that, adding a verve and excitement not found in works sticking to just Western traditions.
Hila Plitmann's in fine form, letting her clear soprano voice float lightly above the orchestra in her solos. The overall performance by the Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and conductor Carl St. Clair benefit from their close working relationship with the composer. This may be a world-premier recording, but the ensemble performs it as if it were a work they had been playing for years.
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Works DetailsDanielpour, Richard : Toward a Season of Peace, oratorio for soprano, chorus & orchestra
- Performer: Hila Plitmann (Soprano)
- Conductor: Carl St. Clair
- Ensemble: Pacific Chorale
- Notes: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, California, USA (03/22/2012-03/25/2012)
- Running Time: 49 min. 14 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 2011