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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2001
  • Label: Warner SpeC. MKT. Uk
  • UPC: 685738303922
  • Catalog Number: 383039

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Desert (7:30)
  2. 2 Gnossienne (3:52)
  3. 3 Baddour (6:49)
  4. 4 Oriental Images (5:31)
  5. 5 Don't Wake Me Up (3:57)
  6. 6 Kaa (4:20)
  7. 7 Two Angels (7:40)
  8. 8 Melancholia (11:03)
  9. 9 Don't Wake Me Up * (3:56)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What fun!

    Just by chance, I picked up this CD and listened to the samples at our Barnes and Noble and I was hooked. I'm a fan of haunting, perhaps slightly Eastern melodies - and this is beautiful. The Chicago Stradivarius Society lent him a Stradivarius to record this album with, which just goes to show how talented this artist is. I definitely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful and Haunting... Brilliant

    I can't stop listening to this CD. From the first notes, it grabs you and takes you on a musical high. Chalhoub interpretation of Satie is fantastic and perfect for a lounge setting. His incorporation of Arabic sounds is also mesmerizing. I hope he tours soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

    I am so addicted to this CD! It was the best impulse buy I have ever made. I had previewed only 30 seconds of it before making up my mind on purchasing it. The music that Claude Chaloub has made is extremely full of emotion and feeling. It's intense but at the same time so very smoothing. I can not wait till he (if he) makes another album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a lovely surprise!

    I picked this up and have been surprised at how deeply I love it! I play it over and over and am impressed by its beauty and haunting quality. It's truly a modern classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must own music!

    This is one of the most haunting pieces of music I've heard in years. I've had this CD for little more than a day and it's already a classic. Don't just buy this disc, get copies for your friends for the holidays. I hope Mr. Chaloub comes to New York soon so we can see him perform live! -K

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    most human sound from the violin

    this album is one of the best that i have ever listened to, the violin is sounding so naturel like a great singer,the music in this album is so different than any other world music record something about it is so clever and very attractive, a bit on the sad side as if Mr chalhoub wants to say something, i think the album is very creative and genuinely honest. i would recommended to all people with interesting musical taste

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SIMPLY AMAZING

    superb album and great violin player, really phenominal, some moments in this album are undescribable, the sound is very intimate and pure with a lot of maturity and feeling. i would love to see how Mr. chalhoub will perform his music live, it seems he used so many accoustic insruments, i don't normaly enjoy the violin in this concept but somehow in this album it works beautifuly, i feel that many people are waiting for the new music and probably this is it, check it out yourself, masterfull

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    I cannot adequately describe this record or locate its music in a context that would make sense. It's sort of middle eastern meets classical sniffing a little Brian Eno, humming a raga or two. I recommend it highly, but you will have to hear it to understand it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am just in love with this CD.

    Just too EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!

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