C1301. JoAnn Falletta Cond.London S.O.: Persian Trilogy (Ranjbaran). Delos 3336, recorded 2003. - 013491333625
"Born in Tehran, Ranjbaran came to the US in 1974 and attended both Indiana University and Juilliard. His rich orchestrations, exciting rhythms and powerful climaxes are balanced by lyricism and a delicate beauty. 'Persian Trilogy' offers an instantly accessible fusion of ancient and modern, with fragments of folk melodies and modes. The exciting new relationship with the much renowned Maestro Falletta and the LSO is another example of Delos' committment to exceptional new repertoire."
“Behzad Ranjbaran is known for music which is both evocative and colorful, and also strong in structural integrity and form. He frequently draws inspiration from his cultural roots and Persian heritage in form or subject matter, as exemplified by the tone poems of the ‘Persian Trilogy’, or the interpretation of sounds and styles in works such as the Violin Concerto and ‘Songs of Eternity’. His music has been performed by soloists such as Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yo-Yo Ma, and conductors including Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Gerard Schwarz, JoAnn Falletta, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, David Robertson, and many more. He has also served as composer in residence for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s summer season at Saratoga, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In describing the ‘Persian Trilogy’ CD, American Record Guide said that ‘Ranjbaran has composed a noble and brilliantly conceived score, spectacularly orchestrated and filled with memorable tunes, meticulous development, and impressive craftsmanship’.”
"JoAnn Falletta is an internationally celebrated conductor and champion of American symphonic music. She serves as the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center and artistic advisor of the Hawaii Symphony.
Ms. Falletta has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. She is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards and a champion of music of our time, introducing over 500 works by American composers, including more than 110 world premieres. A leading conductor, her discography includes over 90 titles and her discs have won two Grammy Awards and ten Grammy nominations."
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