PAYVAND.com - "Chaharshanbeh-Souri," a collection of Persian pieces for choir and orchestra composed by Samin Baghcheban (1925-2008), was released in Tehran. The release coincided with the 8-year anniversary of the composer's death in exile.
"Chaharshabeh Souri" is the ancient Persian fire-jumping festival. It is also the title piece of the album and the day on which Baghcheban died. It is the second volume of his 1978-album "Rangin-Kamun" (Rainbow), composed for children and recorded by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Christian David.
Samin Baghcheban with his son Kaveh
"Chaharshanbeh Souri" was released after an eight-year effort by the composer's son, Kaveh. In an interview with BBC Persian TV, Kaveh Baghcheban described how he recorded the compilation. With no budget to record with a full choir and orchestra, he was forced to record the parts separately. They were then mixed together to create the final piece. "I had a great motivation to make this work a reality because this album shows my father's love for his homeland." Kaveh stated in the interview.
VIDEO: Pejman Akbarzadeh Interview with Kaveh Baghcheban
Samin Baghtchehban was born in 1925 in Tabriz, Persia. He studied at Tehran Conservatory of Music and Ankara State Conservatory. He was a professor at Tehran Conservatory for years and composed various pieces inspired by Persian folk music including "Boumivar" which was first performed in 1971 by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, conducted by guest conductor Farshad Sanjari.
Baghcheban also translated various works by celebrated Turkish authors such as Nazim Hikmet and Aziz Nesin into Persian. A few years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Persia [Iran], Baghcheban moved to Turkey with his opera singer wife Evlyn and three sons Kambiz, Kaveh and Farhang. His exile caused him disappointment and depression. Samin Baghcheban passed away in 2008 in Istanbul.
- Samin Baghchtcheban Profile; in English and Persian (link)
- Special Program of BBC Persian TV's Pejman Akbarzadeh on the album "Chaharshanbeh Souri"
- Samin Baghcheban Memorial (Radio Zamaneh)
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