The Years of Culture initiative presents the world premiere of the Desert Rose symphony by Syrian American composer Malek Jandali performed by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at the National Museum of Qatar.
Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as “a major new addition to the 21st century’s symphonic literature,” Malek Jandali’s symphonic works have been described by Gramophone as “deeply enigmatic with voices and in tongues emerging from the composer’s Syrian heritage that generously repay more reflective listening” with “heart-rending melodies, lush orchestration, clever transitions and creative textures.” American Record Guide.His large-scale orchestral works integrate Arabic maqams (modes) with persuasive craft and a marked seriousness of purpose that echo UNESCO’s call to preserve and protect the rich cultural heritage of his homeland Syria at a time when it is being eradicated. “Jandali captures the struggle, trauma and triumph of our displaced brothers and sisters, through the voice of a child. It is a beautiful and important message.” Marin Alsop
Alastair Willis, conductor
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 6
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