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Arash Safaian (b.1981): Concertos for Piano, Vibraphone and Chamber Orchestra / Sebastian Knauer, piano; Pascal Schumacher, percussion; Willi Zimmerman, Zürcher Kammerorchester

Album Summary

>Safaian, Arash : Concerto for piano, vibraphone, synthesizer & chamber orchestra no 1 ("Infinite Games")
>Safaian, Arash : Concerto for piano, vibraphone & orchestra no 2 ("As Above So Below")
>Safaian, Arash : Modulation
>Safaian, Arash : Concerto for piano, vibraphone, synthesizer & chamber orchestra no 3 ("Fuge Like a Passion")
>Safaian, Arash : Concerto for piano, vibraphone & chamber orchestra no 4 ("Newton's Law")
>Safaian, Arash : Concerto for piano & orchestra no 5 ("Dorian")
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The UberBach album is a collection of compositions by the Munich-based composer Arash Safaian on themes by Johann Sebastian Bach. Safaian starts off with various pieces by Bach- chorales, orchestral works, organ and clavier music- and works with them to create five concertos for piano, vibraphone and chamber orchestra. Arash Safaian's musical partner is the internationally acclaimed pianist Sebastian Knauer. Sebastian Knauer writes of this project: "When I heard the first example of UberBach, I was enthusiastic about the project at once. The virtuosity of the piano part, the melodiousness of the compositions and the closely woven sound made a deep impression on me. I imagined I was listening to Bach and yet it sounded too modern for the original." He called his long-time musical partner, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the very next day and organized the recording. Arash Safaian is an artist, composer, and producer. He is the son of artist Ali Akbar Safaian, an important representative of Iranian modernism. Born in Teheran, he grew up in Bayreuth, where he was exposed to Richard Wagner's operas at an early age. Alongside his interest in music, painting and sculpture shaped his childhood and youth. He has made his mark as a composer with orchestral works, ensemble pieces, film music and operas. He currently lives and works in Munich.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Zürich, ZKO-Haus (06/08/2016/06/09/2016).



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Works Details

>Safaian, Arash : Concerto for piano, vibraphone, synthesizer & chamber orchestra no 1 ("Infinite Games")
  • Performers: Sebastian Knauer (Piano); Pascal Schumacher (Vibraphone)
  • Conductor: Willi Zimmermann
  • Ensemble: Zürcher Kammerorchester
  • Notes: Zürich, ZKO-Haus (06/08/2016/06/09/2016)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Safaian, Arash : Concerto for piano, vibraphone & orchestra no 2 ("As Above So Below")
  • Performer: Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Willi Zimmermann
  • Notes: Zürich, ZKO-Haus (06/08/2016/06/09/2016)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Safaian, Arash : Modulation :: Looping Bach, for piano, vibraphone, synthesizer & orchestra
  • Performers: Sebastian Knauer (Piano); Arash Safaian (Synthesizer); Pascal Schumacher (Vibraphone)
  • Conductor: Willi Zimmermann
  • Notes: Zürich, ZKO-Haus (06/08/2016/06/09/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Safaian, Arash : Concerto for piano, vibraphone, synthesizer & chamber orchestra no 3 ("Fuge Like a Passion")
  • Performers: Sebastian Knauer (Piano); Pascal Schumacher (Vibraphone)
  • Conductor: Willi Zimmermann
  • Notes: Zürich, ZKO-Haus (06/08/2016/06/09/2016)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Safaian, Arash : Concerto for piano, vibraphone & chamber orchestra no 4 ("Newton's Law")
  • Performers: Sebastian Knauer (Piano); Pascal Schumacher (Vibraphone)
  • Conductor: Willi Zimmermann
  • Notes: Zürich, ZKO-Haus (06/08/2016/06/09/2016)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Safaian, Arash : Concerto for piano & orchestra no 5 ("Dorian")
  • Performer: Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Willi Zimmermann
  • Notes: Zürich, ZKO-Haus (06/08/2016/06/09/2016)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto