Chamber Music of Karim Al-Zand

Calogero Di Liberto (piano), Adam Holzman (guitar), Paul Busselberg (baritone), Valdine Ritchie (cello), Katherine Lewis (viola), Mollie Marcuson (harp), Abhijit Sengupta (viola), Enso String Quartet, Fischer Duo

Catalog #: TROY1131
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Format: Digital

The music of the young Iraqi-American composer Karim Al-Zand has been called "strong and startlingly lovely" by the Boston Globe. His compositions are wide-ranging, from settings of classical Arabic poetry to scores for dance and pieces for young audiences. Many of his works explore connections between music and other arts. He holds degrees from Harvard and McGill Universities and is currently on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. This recording, his first for Albany Records, shows his love for chamber music and small instrumental ensembles.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Pattern Preludes, Book I Karim Al-Zand Calogero Di Liberto, piano
Leila Karim Al-Zand Paul Busselberg, baritone, Adam Holzman, guitar, Enso String Quartet, Rebecca Miller, conductor
Lamentation on The Disasters of War Karim Al-Zand Enso String Quartet with Katherine Lewis, viola, Valdine Ritchie, cello
Duet Karim Al-Zand Mollie Marcuson, harp, Abhijit Sengupta, viola
Tableau and Details Karim Al-Zand Norman Fischer, cello, Jeanne Kierman-Fischer, piano


  • "[Karim Al-Zand's] music is romantic and imaginative. ...Al-Zand's handling of instruments is very idiomatic, and the music is attractive. ...It is a fine program by a talented composer."

    – American Record Guide

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