“Scrapyard Exotica” = MASON BATES: Bagatelles for String Quartet and Electronica; KEN UENO: Peradam; MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: The Named Angels – Del Sol String Q. – Sono Luminus (audio-only Blu-ray + CD)
Excellent playing and mostly intriguing new music from this inventive quartet.
MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: Follow, Poet – Kate Lindsay, mezzo/Paul Muldoon, spoken word/Ensemble LPR/ Evan Rogister – DGG
Deeply moving work from this bright young composer.
“Heavy Sleep” = Works of BACH, ANDRES, KURTAG, SILOTI, REGER – Bruce Levingston, piano – Sono Luminus
Very restful throughout; thought-provoking and moody.
MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: Tahrir; Symphony No. 3, “Poems and Prayers” – Soloists/ UCLA Philharmonia & Chorus/ Neal Stulberg – Sono Luminus
Two fascinating pieces that don’t quite uncover the enigma of the composer, though an obvious talent lies underneath.
FAIROUZ: ”Native Informant” = Tahwidah; Chorale Fantasy; Native Informant – Sonata for Solo Violin; Posh; For Victims; Jebel Lebnan – Soloists/Imani Winds – Naxos
Amazingly compelling work by this important new voice.