The Abu-Ata Concert
Catalog no. Kereshmeh Records KCD-107 CD
KCD-107The Abu-Ata Concert
Avaz: Mohammad Reza Shajarian
Cover Design: Farshid Mesghali
"... easily the most important
record of Iranian classical music
produced in the United
Todd Michel McComb, rec.music.iranian May 1996.
... an intense performance ...
Cliff Furnald, CMJ April
segment of the title track The Abu-Ata Concert in MP3 format.
This recording is one of the most beautiful documents of the Persian classical
music. It is a musical dialogue between two undisputed masters and is a
reflection of life during turbulent times in Iran, expressed forcefully
and most delicately. This release has been digitally restored and newly
re-mastered from the original recordings. Shajarian's singing is technically
flawless, powerful, and strongly emotional. Lotfi is among the major figures
who, in the past twenty years, have revolutionized the music of Iran. His
original creativity and the deep-rooted emotional quality of this playing
have made him the father of a new aesthetics in music of Iran.
The musical mode of this performance speaks of the feelings manifested
in love. In this avaz, a lover reveals the secret of his love and
his need to the beloved and expresses to her the purity of this love. At
times he begs and pleads and at times he complains and asks for her tenderness
and attention. In the melody of Hejaz, the lover speaks to God of
the truths in love and life. At times he dares and challenges the rival,
and at times he warns the beloved. These feelings and motifs are so clearly
articulated in Avaz Abu-Ata that there is no need for poetry, or any words.
The music expresses them all.
Liner notes in English, French, German, and Persian.