Fairouz: Zabur / Coakwell, Kelly, Stark, Indianapolis Symphony

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Hailed by The New York Times as "an important new artistic voice" and by Gramophone as "a post-millennial Schubert," Mohammed Fairouz is one of the most significant composers of vocal music of our time. HIs oratorio Zabur (Arabic for "psalms") is a kind of war requiem documenting a conflict's effects on human beings, most notably children. Though cast in a contemporary setting, in a city under siege, Fairouz evokes a timeless world, acknowledging tragedy while asserting an eternal, luminous hope that transcends the disastrous present.



The words are very telling in their directness. The music matches that and confirms Fairouz’s ability to create works of considerable power, leaving the listener deeply impressed. There is an epic scale about the work and the music is appropriately grand. The overarching message that hope springs eternal and can and must gain the upper hand for the sake of Man’s survival resonates throughout. It is what the listener is left with as the work comes to a close. Zabur is a profoundly affecting oratorio for the modern era; it demands to be heard.

– MusicWeb International

Most of the music Fairouz has poured into Zabur is lyrical and warm, with occasional blocks of dissonance—as in the opening choral outburst—to underline the tragic circumstances. The New York-based composer brings soaring emotional involvement to the solo and choral lines, suggesting he would be a natural in the operatic sphere. The orchestral writing is colourful, assured and vivid.

– Gramophone

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 8559803

  • UPC: 636943980323

  • Label: Naxos

  • Composer: Mohammed Fairouz

  • Conductor: Eric Stark

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Indianapolis Children's Choir, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

  • Performer: Dann Coakwell, Michael Kelly