NeyNava and Song of Compassion
Catalog no. Kereshmeh Records KCD-103


Composition by Hossein Alizadeh

KCD-103 - NeyNava

Performed by String Orchestra of the National Radio and Television of Iran
Ney Soloist by Djamshid Andalibi

KCD-103 - Song of Compassion

Performed by Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments of Iran

Cover Design by Farshid Mesghali

Sufi Dance


"... two very powerful works ..."
(Cliff Furnald, CMJ)

"... highly recommended ..."
(Jay Dobis, Rhythm Music Magazine Vol. 3, No. 7 1994)

"... immediately appealing ..."
(Todd Michel McComb)

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Hossein Alizadeh - NeyNava and Song of Compassion


NeyNava is probably the most famous piece of Persian music composed in the past twenty years of Iran's musical history. It is an eternal piece. In your first listening of NeyNava you will feel it under your skin. It will talk to you and remind of a musical paradise. It is a true fusion of the western percision and the eastern mysticism. NeyNava translates as "the sound of Ney", and is written in Dastgah Nava, which is known for its mystically contemplative atmosphere. It takes up the concerto form with a fully western string orchestra as its accompaniment. NeyNava wonderfully introduces the tone of Ney, which can sound both warm and crisp to the western listener. This recording has been digitally restored from the original performance in 1984 by the String Orchestra of the National Iranian Radio and Television.

Song of Compassion was written as a requiem for the victims of the devastating earthquake in the northern region of Iran in 1990. It is one of the few expressionistic compositions written for indigenous Persian instruments. The wonderful color and thematic depth of this work makes it emotionally engaging and effective in its expression of the tragedy and compassion for the event. Song of Compassion is an outcry of bold musical content; its melodies will make you feel the agony of the earthquake and its rhythms will remind you of the everlasting powerful force of life.