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Richard Danielpour: 'Ancient Voices' - Darkness in the Ancient Valley, symphony (2011); Toward a Season of Peace (2012) / Hila Plitmann, soprano

Album Summary

>Danielpour, Richard : Darkness in the Ancient Valley, symphony for soprano & orchestra
>Danielpour, Richard : Toward a Season of Peace, oratorio for soprano, chorus & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

One of the most sought-after and decorated 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 20th century American and European composers alike. Darkness in the Ancient Valley, a symphony in five movements inspired by recent events in Iran, utilizes a wide range of Persian folk-melodies and Sufi rhythms. 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 towards 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 our time.



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>Danielpour, Richard : Darkness in the Ancient Valley, symphony for soprano & orchestra
  • Conductor: Giancarlo Guerrero
  • Ensemble: Nashville Symphony
  • Notes: Laura Turner Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (11/17/2011-11/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2011
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Danielpour, Richard : Toward a Season of Peace, oratorio for soprano, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Hila Plitmann (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Ensemble: Pacific Symphony
  • Notes: Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, California, USA (03/22/2012-03/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 2011
  • Studio/Live: Live