Persian folk songs for piano
Histoire du Soldat
Conducted by: Iraj Sahbai
Piano: Peyman Yazdanian
Persian composer and conductor, was born in 1945 in Tehran. At the age of ten he entered the Conservatory and began to study with Samin Baghchehban, Hossein Nasehi, Shifteh Sedqi and Mostafa-Kamal Purtorab. He ranked first among his colleagues and was awarded the scholarship to study in France. He followed on his studies in Paris and Strasbourg Conservatoires. From master classes of Olivier Messian (composition) and J.S. Berau (conducting) he managed to graduate with highest degrees. Afterwards he went to master classes of Pierre Dervau held in Nice, and Milan Horvat in Salzburg.
After residence in Strasbourg, he founded the Schiltigheim Orchestra, with which he has performed and recorded music of 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, among them a highly-acclaimed recording of Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat.
The derived motives and melodies have undergone modern compositional techniques, and adopting new tones for enriching the melodic line. Together the folk lines and additive lines create tonal-compositional phenomena. In this very phase the inspiration takes the role and makes the intermingling of these phenomena possible. The harmonic atmosphere manifests itself whether in a pre-formed or in an original configuration. The instrumentation represents these phenomena in a kaleidoscopic medium. The result of the process is a form of musical idiom which is going to find its place in contemporary style of composition. ...