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THE SONG OF THE NEY (Persian Classical Music)
Hossein Omoumi (ney) Sima Bina (vocal) Madjid Khaladj (tombak, daf) Madjid Derakhshani (tar)
Nimbus NI 7060/1 [70.03+57.28]

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This is another compilation in the exemplary Nimbus World Music series. The ney is thought to be the world's oldest musical instrument, cut from a reed and pierced with five holes. Hossein Omoumi has developed the instrument with innovations which have extended its performance possibilities. The first of the two CDs is a solo performance with drum accompaniment in the rhythmical pieces. Although only a single ney is used throughout, the effect is often of a conversation between passages in the breathy lower register answered with the more liquid tone of the higher. It is seductive and compelling music, with melodies elaborated in some dozen modes.

The second CD features the singer Sima Bina, who has an attractive, open-throated voice and the combination of her singing the with ney and accompanying instruments is delightful. This is accessible music, easy to enjoy. The presentation includes informative essays by Omoumi himself, but not transliterations with translations as in some other releases. It can be unreservedly recommended, as can also two other of Nimbus's specially priced World Music 2 CD sets of Wu Man (pipa) NI 7043/4 Crotchet and Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (rubra vina) NI 7047/8.Crotchet


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