Without You

Without You

by Masters of Persian Music
     
 
Persian classical music isn't a dying form, thankfully. In fact, in the hands of the Masters of Persian Music, you could say it's flourishing. This live recording (no details of when or where, sadly) is a testament to the power of these musicians and singers, all of whom are true virtuosos. In its entirety, the music here is in the mode of dastgah nava, akin to

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Persian classical music isn't a dying form, thankfully. In fact, in the hands of the Masters of Persian Music, you could say it's flourishing. This live recording (no details of when or where, sadly) is a testament to the power of these musicians and singers, all of whom are true virtuosos. In its entirety, the music here is in the mode of dastgah nava, akin to a minor scale, now one of the more popular modes for performance and improvisation. Typical of more contemporary Iranian classical performance, the instruments and voice take an equal role (it used to be that an instrument was subordinate to the voice), with plenty of stunning improvisations on the lute-like tar and the ancient spike fiddle known as the kamencheh. And while choral and harmony singing are unknown in the tradition, here the two singers -- father and son -- aren't afraid to have one voice following the other; in turn, the two instruments work with each other, rather than individually, playing in unison, backing each other, offering antiphonal phrases. It's inevitable, though, that a number of the pieces in the performance are songs (with Mohammad Reza Shajarian in the group, an Iranian national treasure, how could it be otherwise?), and the lyrics, as virtually always in classical music, are taken from the great Sufi poets of history, with their aches of holy desire. The result is far more than the sum of its parts, breathtakingly good in execution, gorgeous in its breadth. Wonderful.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2002
Label:
World Village Usa
UPC:
0713746801120
catalogNumber:
468011

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