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Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet

Rahim AlHaj

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Letter 1. Eastern Love – Sinan
Rahim AlHaj
Letter 2. Forbidden Attraction – Tiama
Rahim AlHaj
Letter 3. Running Boy – Fuad
Rahim AlHaj
Letter 4. The Last Time We Will Fly Birds – Riyadh
Rahim AlHaj
Letter 5. Going Home – Rahim
Rahim AlHaj
Letter 6. Unspoken Word – Laila
Rahim AlHaj
Letter 7. Fly Home – Fatima
Rahim AlHaj
Letter 8. Voices to Remember – Zainab
Rahim AlHaj
Total Playing Time    69:40
Letters from Iraq expresses the love and pain of lives lived by the people of war-torn Iraq. Actual mailed letters and their stories are transposed into eight gripping programmatic compositions by Iraqi-American composer and oud player, Rahim AlHaj with string quintet (2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass) and percussion. He says, “Music can make us laugh, make us cry, make us march into war. I want to make music to make us realize peace.” These recordings are of deep emotion and great beauty, melding mastery of Iraqi and Western classical genres alike to form something entirely new.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Studio Masters

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