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East of Melancholy - piano music from Russia to Iran: works by Glinka, Hossein, Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov / Tara Kamangar, piano

Audio Samples

  1. A Farewell to St. Petersburg: No. 10, The Lark (Arr. M. Balakirev) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Prelude No. 1, "Homage to Omar Khayyam" $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Spartacus: Adagio (Arr. M. Cameron) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Caravan (Arr. D. Hakimova) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. 24 Preludes, Op. 34: No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  6. 24 Preludes, Op. 34: No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Persian Miniatures, Op. 25: No. 1, Solitude (Arr. T. Kamangar) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Persian Miniatures, Op. 25: No. 2, Call of the Desert (Arr. T. Kamangar) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Persian Miniatures, Op. 25: No. 3, Call of Remembrance (Arr. T. Kamangar) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Persian Miniatures, Op. 25: No. 4, Invitation to the Spell (Arr. T. Kamangar) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. 13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mosaics Suite, Op. 19: I. Scenes from Summer $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mosaics Suite, Op. 19: II. Sérénade Tartare $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Etude, "East of Melancholy" $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Fantastic Dances, Op. 2: No. 1, Festive Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Fantastic Dances, Op. 2: No. 2, Lyrical Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Fantastic Dances, Op. 2: No. 3, Dance of Elegy $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Fantastic Dances, Op. 2: No. 4, Dance of Ecstasy $0.99 on iTunes
  19. A Farewell to St. Petersburg: No. 10, The Lark (Arr. M. Balakirev) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Prelude No. 1, "Homage to Omar Khayyam" $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Spartacus: Adagio (Arr. M. Cameron) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Caravan (Arr. D. Hakimova) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. 24 Preludes, Op. 34: No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  24. 24 Preludes, Op. 34: No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Persian Miniatures, Op. 25: No. 1, Solitude (Arr. T. Kamangar) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Persian Miniatures, Op. 25: No. 2, Call of the Desert (Arr. T. Kamangar) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Persian Miniatures, Op. 25: No. 3, Call of Remembrance (Arr. T. Kamangar) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Persian Miniatures, Op. 25: No. 4, Invitation to the Spell (Arr. T. Kamangar) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. 13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Mosaics Suite, Op. 19: I. Scenes from Summer $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Mosaics Suite, Op. 19: II. Sérénade Tartare $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Etude, "East of Melancholy" $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Fantastic Dances, Op. 2: No. 1, Festive Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Fantastic Dances, Op. 2: No. 2, Lyrical Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Fantastic Dances, Op. 2: No. 3, Dance of Elegy $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Fantastic Dances, Op. 2: No. 4, Dance of Ecstasy $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Balakirev, Mily : The Lark
>Hossein, Aminollah : Prelude no 1 for piano ("Homage to Omar Khayyam")
>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus
>Hossein, Aminollah : Caravan, song for tenor & orchestra
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude for piano, in G sharp minor, Op. 34/12
>Hossein, Aminollah : Persian Miniatures
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12
>Hossein, Aminollah : Mosaics
>Kamangar, Tara : East of Melancholy, étude for piano
>Tjeknavorian, Loris : Fantastic Dances, Op. 2
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Russia's proximity to Muslim lands has resulted in considerable artistic cross-fertilization. American-Iranian pianist Tara Kamangar explores these connections as they apply to the traditions of Iran and Russia. On Tara's first Delos album, we hear illustrative examples in works of several famous Russian composers. But her emphasis here is on the music of two fascinating 20th century Iranian composers virtually unknown in the West, Aminollah Hossein and Loris Tjeknavorian.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This is an unusual compilation. Iranian piano music is certainly new to me. Pianist Kamangar was born in California to Iranian parents and was an honors graduate of both Harvard and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her booklet notes are exemplary, and the release title is the same as an etude of hers included in the program. It is also the title of a famous collection of Iranian poems by Sohrab Sepehri. Intellectually and inspirationally this is a captivating recital. Kamangar is also a fine pianist, with plenty of technique and a true romantic spirit.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker.



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Works Details

>Balakirev, Mily : The Lark
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1864

>Hossein, Aminollah : Prelude no 1 for piano ("Homage to Omar Khayyam")
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus :: Adagio
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1950-54.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1950-1954

>Hossein, Aminollah : Caravan, song for tenor & orchestra
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1932-33.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude for piano, in G sharp minor, Op. 34/12
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1932-33.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Hossein, Aminollah : Persian Miniatures :: Solitude
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet

>Hossein, Aminollah : Persian Miniatures :: Call of the Desert
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet

>Hossein, Aminollah : Persian Miniatures :: Call of Remembrance
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet

>Hossein, Aminollah : Persian Miniatures :: Invitation to the Spell
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Hossein, Aminollah : Mosaics :: Scenes from Summer
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hossein, Aminollah : Mosaics :: Sérénade tartare
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kamangar, Tara : East of Melancholy, étude for piano
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tjeknavorian, Loris : Fantastic Dances, Op. 2 :: Festive Dance
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tjeknavorian, Loris : Fantastic Dances, Op. 2 :: Lyrical Dance
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tjeknavorian, Loris : Fantastic Dances, Op. 2 :: Dance of Elegy
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tjeknavorian, Loris : Fantastic Dances, Op. 2 :: Dance of Ecstasy
  • Performer: Tara Kamangar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary