East of Melancholy
Glinka, arr Balakirev: The Lark (5:09)
Aminollah Hossein: Prelude No 1, Homage to Omar Khayyam (6:11)
Tara Kamangar, piano
Russia’s centuries-old geographic proximity to Muslim regions – historically regarded as part of the “Orient” – has resulted in considerable cultural and artistic cross-fertilization, particularly in the realm of music. Most Russian composers during (and since) the Romantic era have incorporated elements of what one could call “oriental exoticism” into their compositions. Pianist Tara Kamangar – an American of Iranian descent – has made it her musical mission to explore such musical connections, specifically as they apply to the traditions of Iran and Russia.