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World Premiere of Behzad Ranjbaran's "Shiraz" Trio For Violin, Cello And Piano At Bargemusic


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Brahms            Piano Trio No. 3 in c minor, Op. 101

Ranjbaran        "Shiraz" Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano

(commissioned by Bargemusic)

Tchaikovsky     Piano Trio in a minor, Op. 50


Mark Peskanov, Violin

Edward Arron, Cello

Olga Vinokur, Piano



"Shiraz" Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano


Famous for its poets, jasmine, rose gardens and wine, Shiraz is a city in the south of Iran close to the ancient city of Persepolis (500 B.C.).  This Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano celebrates beautiful gardens of Shiraz which have been an inspiration for lots of poets and artists including the famous Persian poet Hafez.

 The piece is in two movements. The first movement is titled The Weeping Willow after the tree in which sweeping movements and shade poets found their inspiration. The name of the second movement is The Rokni River, the famed river in Shiraz that poets have revered in many of their verses over centuries.

In writing Shiraz, Ranjbaran uses in part Persian modes, folk melodies and rhythmes that at times imitating different persian instruments. Shiraz Piano Trio celebrates the life and the history of its people.




Composer Behzad Ranjbaran's music has been performed by such internationally acclaimed artists as Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, and Charles Dutoit.  Songs of Eternity was written for Renée Fleming, who gave the premiere with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Gerard Schwarz; and Joshua Bell was the soloist in the premiere performances of the Violin Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, also conducted by Schwarz.  Bell went on to give the work's North American premiere with the Indianapolis Symphony, conducted by Mario Venzago, and further performances with Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony.  International Sejong Soloists commissioned Awakening for premiere at the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea as a celebration of peace.  Recordings include the Persian Trilogy on the Delos label by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta.  This orchestral cycle, comprising the works Seven Passages, Seemorgh, and The Blood of Seyavash, takes its inspiration from the ancient Persian legends, as recounted in the 11th century epic poem "Shahname" (The Book of Kings).  Ms. Falletta has also conducted Elegy for Cello and Orchestra with soloist Yo-Yo Ma and the Buffalo Philharmonic, reviewed in the Buffalo press as "ethereal...fragile, almost like a mirage."  In the summer of 2005, Ranjbaran was composer in residence for the 40th anniversary of the Saratoga Music Festival.  In celebration of the occasion, he composed the orchestral overture Saratoga, which was premiered by Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  The festival also saw the premiere of Piano Quintet and performances of many of Ranjbaran's chamber works.  Ranjbaran's music has variously been described as "one of the most breathtaking modern story ballets (Lisa A. DuBois, Nashville Banner, about The Blood of Seyavash) and "radiant luminescence" (Cecelia Porter, The Washington Post, for Elegy for Strings).  John Farrell (Press-Telegram) said about Seven Passages that "Ranjbaran plays the colors of the orchestra with an unconscious mastery: here the entire gathering of forces on stage are at his command, and he uses that power with grace and ease."  Accolades continue for Songs of Eternity, which was described in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Philippa Kiraly) as "beautiful" and with "exquisite melismas (expressive passages sung on one syllable)"; and Joe Riley commented in the Liverpool Echo that the Violin Concerto is "high class, cohesive" and "when the concerto...just sings out a fine melodic line, the effect is ravishing."  Ranjbaran, born in Tehran, Iran, is the recipient of the Rudolf Nissim Award for his Violin Concerto.  His musical education started early when he entered the Tehran Music Conservatory at the age of nine.  He came to the United States in 1974, where he attended Indiana University and received his doctorate from The Juilliard School.  He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School.  Named as "Distinguished Artist" by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, Ranjbaran's honors also include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a grant from Meet the Composer (composer/choreographer project), and a Charles Ives Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  




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