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Critical Models: Chamber Works of Mohammed Fairouz

Audio Samples

>Fairouz, Mohammed : Litany, for solo double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe & bassoon
>Fairouz, Mohammed : Critical Models (4), for alto saxophone & violin
>Fairouz, Mohammed : Piano Miniatures (6), for solo piano
>Fairouz, Mohammed : Lamentation and Satire, for string quartet
>Fairouz, Mohammed : Novelettes (3), for piano & alto saxophone
>Fairouz, Mohammed : Airs, for guitar

Album Summary

>Fairouz, Mohammed : Litany, for solo double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe & bassoon
>Fairouz, Mohammed : Critical Models (4), for alto saxophone & violin
>Fairouz, Mohammed : Piano Miniatures (6), for solo piano
>Fairouz, Mohammed : Lamentation and Satire, for string quartet
>Fairouz, Mohammed : Novelettes (3), for piano & alto saxophone
>Fairouz, Mohammed : Airs, for guitar
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In this first release with Sono Luminus, young New York composer Fairouz brings together a breathtaking collection of music showcasing the versatility and raw passion that makes him one of the most frequently performed composers of his generation. Straddling Eastern and Western idioms, Fairouz has emerged as a force on the musical scene. His work is praised by the NY Times as "warmly sympathetic" and "brilliantly handled".

San Francisco Chronicle
That work, a clever but stylized suite for alto saxophone and violin, offers a catalog of approaches to art, from the airless abstractions of modernism (parodied here almost too perfectly) through Orientalism to a "dialectical synthesis." The other ascetically scored chamber music includes a fanciful set of airs for solo guitar, a deftly funny suite of piano miniatures, and "Lamentation and Satire," a fierce, abrasive string quartet splendidly performed by the Lydian String Quartet. All are dexterously crafted...

Sequenza21.com
Spend an hour with this composer, with "Critical Models." Lovers of modern classical music will have much to chew upon and, if musicians are interested in an addition to the repertoire, Fairouz music is published by Peermusic Classical. Each section is so different that you'll feel you've traveled a great distance, while going no further than where you sit.

Infodad.com
Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz is skilled in chamber music, too, as evidenced by a highly varied disc containing six of his works for various instrumental combinations. ... Fairouz pays homage to Eastern music and contrasts it with Western classical forms, harmonies and designs, with the result that there is a certain element of exoticism to these works as well as a sense that they use their instrumental complements effectively.

WQXR (New York)
Similar multiple identities abound in Piano Miniatures, which includes an homage to Philip Glass at his most kinetic as well as in the vaguely Jordi Savall-ian Airs (for Guitar). Both Four Critical Models and Three Novelettes (For Piano & Alto Saxophone), are strong saxophone features, exposing the instrument's lyrical potential on par with the viola or cello. Taken on the whole, this album is a deluge, but one that's as beguiling as snow in July.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, Virginia (2011-05-11_2011-05-12&2011-).



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Works Details

>Fairouz, Mohammed : Litany, for solo double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe & bassoon
  • Performers: James Orleans (Double Bass); Vasko Dukovski (Clarinet); Jonathan Engle (Flute); Claire Cutting (Oboe); Tommy Fleming (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, Virginia (2011-05-11_2011-05-12&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Fairouz, Mohammed : Critical Models (4), for alto saxophone & violin
  • Performers: Rayoung Ahn (Violin); Michael Couper
  • Notes: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, Virginia (2011-05-11_2011-05-12&2011-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fairouz, Mohammed : Piano Miniatures (6), for solo piano
  • Performer: Katie Reimer (Piano)
  • Notes: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, Virginia (2011-05-11_2011-05-12&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fairouz, Mohammed : Lamentation and Satire, for string quartet
  • Notes: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, Virginia (2011-05-11_2011-05-12&2011-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fairouz, Mohammed : Novelettes (3), for piano & alto saxophone
  • Performers: Katie Reimer (Piano); Michael Couper
  • Notes: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, Virginia (2011-05-11_2011-05-12&2011-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fairouz, Mohammed : Airs, for guitar
  • Performer: Maarten Stragier (Guitar)
  • Notes: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, Virginia (2011-05-11_2011-05-12&2011-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary