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JABERI, Afshin (b 1973 )

BALLADES NOS 4-9, ‘THE EROICA’


  • Afshin Jaberi, piano

This album completes Afshin Jaberi’s powerful cycle of Ballades (Nos. 1–3, with Sonatas Nos. 1–3 are on GP694). The nine pieces together take the title The Eroica and offer a stylistic synthesis of Eastern melody and Western classical harmonic and structural traditions. Strongly influenced by the Iranian composer’s Bahá’í faith, the Ballades’ narratives are focused on tracing the early years of one of the world’s youngest religions, one dedicated to peaceful unity and the betterment of humanity.

Tracklist

1
Ballade No. 4, "The Black Pit" (1994) * (00:08:18)
2
Ballade No. 5, "Abode of Peace" (1995) * (00:09:36)
3
Ballade No. 6, "Exile to Ottoman Empire" (1995) * (00:09:17)
4
Ballade No. 7, "The Most Great Prison" (1997) * (00:09:33)
5
Ballade No. 8, "The Ascension" (2005) * (00:11:10)
6
Ballade No. 9, "Center of the Covenant" (2011) * (00:09:35)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:57:29

The Artist(s)

Afshin Jaberi Afshin Jaberi was born in 1973 into an Iranian family residing in Qatar. Unable to receive formal musical instruction there, he began to develop his interest in the subject by himself. His musical education began properly in 1991 in Hungary, where he attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and received his bachelor’s degree in music education. His rapid progress attracted the attention of his teachers and, after two and a half years as a part-time student, he was readily accepted into the academy for full-time study. Besides the distinct progress he made in piano performance, his compositions also attracted attention, especially his First Ballade, written at the age of eighteen; another eight were to follow. His compositions are influenced by the spirit of his faith, from which the acts of heroism and sacrifice of the central figures are reflected in his Ballades. This background has enabled him to bring together the sounds of East and West in his compositions.

The Composer(s)

Afshin Jaberi Afshin Jaberi was born in 1973 into an Iranian family residing in Qatar. Unable to receive formal musical instruction there, he began to develop his interest in the subject by himself. His musical education began properly in 1991 in Hungary, where he attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and received his bachelor’s degree in music education. His rapid progress attracted the attention of his teachers and, after two and a half years as a part-time student, he was readily accepted into the academy for full-time study. Besides the distinct progress he made in piano performance, his compositions also attracted attention, especially his First Ballade, written at the age of eighteen; another eight were to follow. His compositions are influenced by the spirit of his faith, from which the acts of heroism and sacrifice of the central figures are reflected in his Ballades. This background has enabled him to bring together the sounds of East and West in his compositions.