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A mondern masterpiece

Richard Dianelpour's Towards a Seaon of Peace is an ambitious work -- and one that succeeds in that ambition. Danielpour combines texts from Jewish, Christian and Persian (Arabic) sources in his oratorio for peace. By doing so, he shows the parallels and common ground between the three major religions -- Judeism, Christianity, and Muslim -- currently at war with each other in the Middle East.

Unlike Bernstein's "Requiem Mass," Danielpour never gets preachy. He lets the inherent beauty of the poetic texts, supported by his music, speak for itself. The work is tonal and quite easy to follow -- which I suspect was Danielpour's intention. This isn't an esoteric work for the cognesceti, but rather a work that can be heard and enjoyed by a much wider audience. If you enjoy "modern" composers such as Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstiein, Benjamin Britten, or Michael Tippett, then you should find much to like in Daneilpour's composition. Not that he sounds like any of those composers, but Danielpour seems to be coming from the same place.

In the liner notes Danielpour talks about reconnecting with his Persian musical heritage, and several parts of the score reflect that, adding a verve and excitement not found in works sticking to just Western traditions.

Hila Plitmann's in fine form, letting her clear soprano voice float lightly above the orchestra in her solos. The overall performance by the Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and conductor Carl St. Clair benefit from their close working relationship with the composer. This may be a world-premier recording, but the ensemble performs it as if it were a work they had been playing for years.


Born: 1973 in Jerusalem, Israel

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hila Plitmann is a virtuoso soprano who specializes in avant-garde and contemporary music, including opera, film scores, and musical theater. Plitmann premiered David Del Tredici's The Spider and the Fly in 1998 with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, launching her public career and beginning her association with new music performances. Plitmann has appeared with world-class orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,...
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