Claude Chalhoub

Claude Chalhoub

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by Claude Chalhoub
     
 

Lebanese-born violinist and multi-instrumentalist Claude Chaloub debuts an intriguing mix of Western and Arabic classical music. Performing his own compositions on violin, harmonium, viola, bass, and piano, Chaloub is joined by tabla, flute, and Spanish guitar. "Baddour" features Pakistani singer Farroukh Fateh Ali Khan, the brother of the legendary Nusrat.See more details below

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Lebanese-born violinist and multi-instrumentalist Claude Chaloub debuts an intriguing mix of Western and Arabic classical music. Performing his own compositions on violin, harmonium, viola, bass, and piano, Chaloub is joined by tabla, flute, and Spanish guitar. "Baddour" features Pakistani singer Farroukh Fateh Ali Khan, the brother of the legendary Nusrat.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The debut album from aspiring culture-fusionist Claude Chalhoub. Chalhoub studied Western classical music under a scholarship to London's Royal College of Music, then began branching into Indian and Arabic musics, seeking inspiration. On his own, he is a stunning violinist (stunning enough to warrant the loan of a Stradivarius from the Stradivari Society for the purpose of recording this album). The compositions (mostly written by Chalhoub) consist essentially of a more-or-less Western classical idea being blended into a more Indian/Arabic flavor, with the addition of ethnic percussion. Perhaps the best highlight on the album is "Baddour," a song in memory of Chalhoub's sister, featuring vocals from Forroukh Fateh Ali Khan (brother of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and father of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan). All of the pieces do well. This is an East/West fusion, at least in theory. It does well in that it doesn't really overstep the boundaries of either culture in creating a bastardized worldbeat sound. The violin is the perfect instrument to cross cultures, as Chalhoub displays so well here. The collaboration isn't anywhere near the level of the classic Shankar-Menuhin albums, but again, it isn't nearly so bad as a number of various worldbeat attempts. The music stays calm and collected, and as such provides a beautiful texture for the average listener. For classical enthusiasts, the seeming references to various composers may also be a nice addition.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2001
Label:
Warner Spec. MKT. Uk
UPC:
0685738303922
catalogNumber:
383039

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Claude Chalhoub   Primary Artist,Bass,Piano,Violin,Harmonium,Keyboards,Viola
Michael Brook   Bass,Guitar,Sitar
Darryl Johnson   Bass
Mel Wesson   Synthesizer
Jason Lewis   Drums
Rony Barrak   Darbouka,Djembe
Deepak Ram   Flute
Pejman Hadadi   Dombek
Heitor Teixeira Pereira   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael Brook   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,drum programming
Dennis Karmazyn   String Ensemble
Roland Kato   String Ensemble
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Simon Oswell   String Ensemble
Roger Wilkie   String Ensemble
Virginie Bauzou   Contributor
Jacquie Turner   Engineer
Christoph Bracher   Engineer
Chris 'Niser' Guardino   Orchestration
Claude Chalhoub   Arranger,Engineer,Liner Notes
Phillip Levy   String Ensemble
Paul Cohen   String Ensemble

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