MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Orpheus Ascending: Mohammed Fairouz’s New CD

Tomorrow, Tuesday 26 May, brings the NY premiere of “Sadat” — one of the works featured on this release. The Mimesis Ensemble will perform at Carnegie Hall:

MEMETERIA by Thomas May


Mohammed Fairouz’s Follow, Poet is among the most inspiring CDs I’ve encountered in quite a while. For one thing, it documents two recent works by a composer who brings to the new-music scene not just a fresh voice but a powerful intellect and — most significantly — an unclouded vision of art’s potential for our jaded age. A vision that is ambitious without being naive.

Fairouz, still just south of 30, has already channeled his imagination into an astonishing gamut of genres, from intimate chamber works to concertos and major-scale symphonies (four to date!), choral pieces, and opera and other theater works. And with Follow, Poet, he is the youngest composer in the history of Deutsche Grammophon to have an entire album devoted to his works.

Such ample gifts could easily run aground with compromised or even downright hackwork production just to fulfill the commissions that seem to…

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