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Summary

  • "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."--Container.

Notes

  • Title from disc label.
  • Libretto by Najla Said
  • "Commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir"--Container.
  • Program notes and vocal texts inserted in container.
  • Duration: 55 min., 43 sec.
  • Sung in English and Arabic.

Contents

  • Part I. Prophecy (4:03) -- There is no power here (4:21) -- There is an occasional crackle far away (4:30) -- And so now what seemed so urgent before (3:40) -- The Lord scoffs at them (3:09) -- Serve the Lord with fear (3:02) -- Part II. Your candle is almost out (3:14) -- I tried to get the children to play, but they won't (4:02) -- We should all- especially the children here (5:33) -- Can we tell them we are hungry? (3:07) -- Yes, children, this is the power of art (1:50) -- This is inspiring! (1:01) -- Destruction of the Shelter (3:48) -- Hear my prayer, O Lord (3:01) -- The Lord looked down (2:37) -- In the beginning you laid the foundations (4:44)
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