Abdi: Hafez Opera / Sirenko, Plish, Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, Credo Chamber Choir

Abdi: Hafez Opera / Sirenko, Plish, Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, Credo Chamber Choir

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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 (Naxos 8.660424-25), 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.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: August 13, 2021


  • UPC: 730099042673


  • Catalog Number: 8660426-27


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Composer: Behzad Abdi


  • Conductor: Vladimir Sirenko


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Credo Chamber Choir, Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra


  • Performer: Ali Momenian, Ali Zandevakili, Alireza Alavian, Alireza Mahdizadeh, Alireza Saiedi, Babak Sabouri, Behnaz Behnamnia, Danial Ajdari, Eshaq Anvar, Hadi Feizabadi, Haleh Seyfizadeh, Hossein Alishapour, Kayvan Farzin, Mehdi Emami, Mehdi Hodaei, Mohammad Motamedi, Mohammad Sadeq Eshaqi, Mohammad Zakerhossein, Mojgan Chahian, Pasha Hanjani, Pouya Saraei, Rasoul Rahoo, Razieh Abdi, Sadjad Pourghanad, Sahar Mohammadi, Tayeb Faghih, Vesal Alavi, Zakaria Yusefi