Mellissa Hughes (soprano), David Kravitz (baritone), Rachel Barton Pine (violin), David Krakauer (clarinet), Christopher Thompson (baritenor), Steven Spooner (piano), Imani Winds, Borromeo String Quartet
Mohammed Fairouz is one of the most frequently performed, commissioned and recorded composers of his generation, melding Middle-Eastern music and poetry with Western structures to deeply expressive effect. Native Informant, written for leading international soloist Rachel Barton Pine, embodies Arabic fiddling motifs as well as songful excitement, underpinned by a lament for the victims of the Egyptian Revolution. The lullaby Tahwidah and the song cycle Posh evoke tenderness and loss, whilst Jebel Lebnan was commissioned by the Imani Winds and musically chronicles events from the Lebanese Civil War and their effect on the current face of Lebanon. A truly cosmopolitan voice, Mohammed Fairouz had a transatlantic upbringing. By his early teens, the Arab-American composer had traveled across five continents, immersing himself in the musical life of his surroundings.
Fairouz Sonata for Solo Violin 'Native Informant', Tahwidah, Chorale Fantasy, Posh, For Victims, Jebel Lebnan (World Premiere Recordings)
Running Time: 1 hr 19 min