Album Review

Ghorbani, Alireza and Dorsaf Hamdani – “Rapture/The Rite of Khayyam” – [Accords Croises]

lombard   8/16/2011   CD, International

In my immediate family there’s a bit of an obsession with the poetry of Omar Khayyam. I’ve trolled numerous used book stores for differently illustrated copies of his masterpiece, “The Rubaiyat,” so it was exciting to see this release inspired by Khayyam’s work. These compositions (Ivresses: Le Sacre de Khayyam or Rapture: The Rite of Khayyam) by Ali Ghamsary are described in the liner notes as “the first musical cycle based on the quatrains of the great Persian poet,” although the 1970 Dorothy Ashby LP “The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby” seems to certainly be a contender.

This is a lovely album of middle-eastern sounds, with both male and female vocals bringing Khayyam to life. Strings (both plucked and bowed), percussion, and vocals both mesmerize and wail, at times reaching a frenetic (party-like?) pace and at others leading to deep contemplation.

you heard it 30 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 24 days ago, Avakhov played Enivrement/Exhiliration
  • 52 days ago, Milo Minderbender played Le Sacre De Khayyam/The Rite of Khayyam
  • 437 days ago, Jack Tar played L'Ivresse/Intoxication
  • 661 days ago, Sally Goodin played L'Existence/Existence
  • 1200 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Le Sacre De Khayyam/The Rite of Khayyam
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