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Fairouz: After the Revels (E)

Magazine article Gramophone

Fairouz: After the Revels (E)

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Fairouz

After the Revels (e). Annabel Lee (e). German Romantic Song (c). Jeder Mensch (a). No Orpheus (b). Refugee Blues (a). The Stolen Child (d). Three Fragments from Ibn Khafajahd. We Are Seven (e) (cd) Kiera Duffy sop (ab) Kate Lindsey mez (e) Christopher Burchett bar (d) Margaret Lancaster f/ (d) Emily Ondracek-Peterson vn (d) Ashley Bathgate, (b) Adrian Daurov vc (c) David Kaplan, (e) Russell Miller, (a) David Moody pf (d) Rupert Boyd gtr Naxos American Classics (B) 8 559783 (62' * DDD)

Mohammed Fairouz's seventh major recording since 2011 I explores a decade of his writing for the voice, seemingly chosen for its private thoughts and varied musical pleasures. The CD takes its title 'No Orpheus', from an exceptionally moving paean to his grandmother, and the rest includes at times explicitly sensual love songs, an obsession with Alma Mahler and a preoccupation with loss and isolation.

The CD opens audaciously with a setting of Auden's savage 'Refugee Blues', recalling Fairouz's large gestures bearing important messages, as in his Symphony No 3, but the ambition from here on is muted and the messages, while no less important and perhaps even more intense, are of smaller public consequence. …

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