BEHZAD ABDI (b.1973): Hafez.
Catalogue Number: 08X062
Description: The music of Iranian composer Behzad Abdi fuses dastgāh (the Iranian modal system) with Western classical forms. He wrote Iran’s first national opera, Rumi, and Hafez also exemplifies his approach to the medium. The opera’s subject is the great Persian poet and mystic Hafez, whose sonnets and poetry are still widely read across the Persian-speaking world today. Behrouz Gharibpour’s libretto traces the poet’s tribulations, memories of keeping his poems from being destroyed by a despotic government, and subsequent exile. Abdi’s polytonal technique serves to reflect the unique concepts of Hafez’s 14th-century poetry with passion, lyricism and power. 2 CDs. Persian libretto available online. Mohammed Motamedi, Hossein Alishapour (tenors), Babak Sabouri (baritone), Credo Chamber Choir, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine; Vladimir Sirenko.