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17/04/20

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Rolf Hind's Rumi Passion inspired 'Lockdown Listening'

Inspired by the sound world of Rumi Passion we asked composer Rolf Hind to compile a list of essential lockdown listening...

A Far Cry Performs Claude Vivier's - Zipangu
Amazing performance of this fiercely imagined other world.

Karol Szymanowski - Krol Roger
Sexy, bizarre, intoxicating - the lure of "the East." Szymanowski's wonderful opera. Check out the 3rd Symphony for a wonderful setting of Rumi's poetry.

Frank Martin - Petite symphonie concertante
Wonderful sonorities, and notes.

Jonathan Harvey - Body Mandala
the late, much-lamented Jonathan Harvey drawing on the chaos and rapture of Tibetan sounds.

Béla Bartók - Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
probably the piece I've listened to most in my life. 9' 40'' onwards still makes me shiver with awe.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt (Live at WOMAD Yokohama 1992)
here's some qawwali, with the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Taraf De Haidouks - Turceasca
and here's some more utter joy, expressed with such lightness. What a band.

Per Nørgård - Voyage into the Golden Screen: 2nd movement
this has always blown my mind, and I revere him as one of the true living greats. The world in a grain of sand.

Tibetan Buddhist Rites From The Monasteries Of Bhutan
I have been lucky enough to sit in Bhutanese temples, and listen to these sounds. An electrifying wake-up call.

Ram Narayan - Raga Darbar
I love the cello, and have written a lot for it. I plan to have a choir of six in the Rumi opera. But I love this instrument just as much, and this man is the god.

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