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ARTIST
TITLE
Deux Visages
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
WER 6578 WER 6578
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/1/2010

Performed by Ensemble Modern. Featured works: Le Contredésir, Les Deux Visages de l'Orient, Études mystérieuses, The Sublime, On Love I, On Love II. "Saed Haddad views good music as needing, in addition to many intangible elements, a balance of physical and metaphysical traits. In the former category, he includes beauty, energy, magic, tension and virtuosity. In the latter category rest elusive concepts: the existential, the intellectual, the transcendental. The compositions presented on this CD belong to two periods of compositional practices. In the first period (2004-06), Haddad aimed to achieve a synthesis of Arabic and Western music, without the usual Western gimmicks, i.e. tourism, exoticism or even 'abstraction.' His goal was true existential and transcendental integration, not a juxtaposition or imposition of one tradition on the other. In the latter period (2007-), the ever-questioning composer has been distancing himself from a direct, existential contact with Arabic culture."