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Richard Danielpour

Publisher: AMP

Concerto for Orchestra “Zoroastrian Riddles” (1996)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
30 Minutes
Programme Note
Richard Danielpour Concerto for Orchestra “Zoroastrian Riddles” (1996)
The way I hear and see, it is first as a concerto between the different sections of the orchestra; the woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. It’s a concerto also between the principal players of the orchestra. And it’s a concerto for orchestra in terms of how new combinations are created.

— Richard Danielpour

  • Ensemble
    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
    David Zinman
    Sony Classical:
  • G. Schirmer / AMP:
Indeed, the "playfully" indication attached to the Scherzando second movement [of] Danielpour's Concerto for Orchestra, could apply to just about the entire work. Simplicity is also a key word here, whether in the tonally oriented harmonic language or in the thematic structure. The music also has frequent moments of impetuousness, with sudden outbursts resolutely affirming the music's balletic rhythmic language. The work is exciting, impassioned, and accessible. When I first listened to Anima Mundi I was struck by how balletic the work was, not realizing that in fact it was commissioned by the Pacific Northwest Ballet. [It] starts out very much in the same vein as the Concerto for Orchestra, [but] progresses into territories that become more and more complex, both musically and emotionally. Danielpour's Concerto for Orchestra is a spectacular musical adventure, while Anima Mundi adds to that a more demanding but equally rewarding spiritual journey.
Royal S. Brown, Fanfare,01/01/0001
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