Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Luth arabe/Arab Lute: Omar Bashir; Taqâsîm

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Luth arabe/Arab Lute: Omar Bashir; Taqâsîm

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Luth arabe / Arab Lute: omar Bashir; taqâsîm. 2012. INEDIT / Maison des Cultures du Monde W 260144. Recorded by Gábor Füri. Annotated by Chérif Khaznadar. 4-page booklet with notes in French and English. English translation by Frank Kane. Colour photographs. CD, 5 tracks (77:39). Recorded at Spirit Sound Studio, Budapest, Hungary.

As might be expected, there is a family resemblance between the approach of Omar Bashir to the improvisatory taqs?m form and that of his father, the celebrated Munir Bashir. Although developing a creative personality of his own, he thus exemplifies continuity in the evolution, since the middle of the twentieth century, of the Baghdad ??d school that, in the process of creating a new role for the ??d as a solo concert instrument, has radically transformed conceptions of technique and repertoire. Expectations of technical mastery are certainly fulfilled in the five lengthy and ambitious taqs?ms presented on this CD, and the resonant recording allows registral and dynamic contrasts to make their full impact, and likewise the delicacy and high velocity accuracy of both intonation and plectrum technique. …

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