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Reza Vali: The Book of Calligraphy (nos 4 - 12) / Darius Saghafi, Persian santur; Charles Wetherbee, violin; Paul Taub, flutes. Boston Modern Orch. Project; Carpe Diem Quartet

Album Summary

>Vali, Reza : Calligraphies, for string quartet
>Vali, Reza : Calligraphy no 4, for santoor & string quartet
>Vali, Reza : Gozaar (Calligraphy no 5), for guitar
>Vali, Reza : Nayshâboorák, for string quartet (Calligraphy no 6)
>Vali, Reza : Kismet, for flute, alto flute & piccolo (Calligraphy no 7)
>Vali, Reza : Kereshmeh, for 9 instruments (Calligraphy no 8)
>Vali, Reza : Kord, for cello (Calligraphy no 9)
>Vali, Reza : Khojasteh, for violin & cello (Calligraphy no 10)
>Vali, Reza : Gâtâr, for string quartet (Calligraphy no 11)
>Vali, Reza : Geryân, for string quartet (Calligraphy no 12)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Born in Iran, composer Reza Vali studied at the Conservatory of Music in Tehran, the Academy of Music in Vienna and the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Ph.D. He has been a faculty member of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 1988. The recipient of numerous honors and commissions, including the honor prize of the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Sciences, his music has been performed by orchestras and ensembles around the U.S., including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Kronos Quartet, and Da Capo Chamber Players, among many others. His music appears on the Naxos, New Albion, MMC, Ambassador, ABC Classics, and Albany Records labels. In 2001, Vali broke away from the European music system and started composing music based on the Iranian Dastgh/Maghm system. To explore his goals of replacing the European equal temperament tuning system; European polyphony; European musical form; and utilizing rhythmic cycles of the Dastgh/Maghm system, Vali started composing a series of chamber works using the title Calligraphy. This recording contains All twelve of his Calligraphies, composed between 2000 and 2011.



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Works Details

>Vali, Reza : Calligraphies, for string quartet
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Vali, Reza : Calligraphy no 4, for santoor & string quartet
  • Performer: Dariush Saghafi (Santur)
  • Ensemble: Carpe Diem String Quartet
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Vali, Reza : Gozaar (Calligraphy no 5), for guitar
  • Performer: Charles Wetherbee (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Vali, Reza : Nayshâboorák, for string quartet (Calligraphy no 6)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2006

>Vali, Reza : Kismet, for flute, alto flute & piccolo (Calligraphy no 7)
  • Performers: Paul Taub (Flute); Paul Taub (Piccolo)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 12/2006

>Vali, Reza : Kereshmeh, for 9 instruments (Calligraphy no 8)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Vali, Reza : Kord, for cello (Calligraphy no 9)
  • Performer: Carol Ou (Cello)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vali, Reza : Khojasteh, for violin & cello (Calligraphy no 10)
  • Performers: Carol Ou (Cello); Charles Wetherbee (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vali, Reza : Gâtâr, for string quartet (Calligraphy no 11)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vali, Reza : Geryân, for string quartet (Calligraphy no 12)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011