The Passion of YeshuaNaxos
Richard Danielpour's World Premiere Recording, The Passion of Yeshua led by JoAnn Falletta with the Buffalo Philharmonic
GRAMMY® NOMINATED IN 3 CATEGORIES:
BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL
BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE
BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION
Richard Danielpour's newest oratorio, The Passion of Yeshua, a world premiere recording, is now available on Naxos. Presented and commissioned by the GRAMMY Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta, the two-CD set also features a superb group of soloists led by Hila Plitmann (soprano), J'Nai Bridges (mezzo soprano), Kenneth Overton (baritone), Matthew Worth (baritone), Timothy Fallon (tenor) and James Bass (bass) with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (Andrew Luebke, Director) and the UCLA Chamber Singers (James Bass, Director).
Composing is not something that you decide to do, it chooses you - Richard Danielpour chats with Planet Hugill
Planet Hugill - Robert Hugill writes.....Like many creative artists, last year's events affected composer Richard Danielpour both personally and artistically. One of the results of this has been the creation of a striking sequence of piano pieces, An American Mosaic, which he wrote for pianist Simone Dinnerstein and which she premiered (online) last year and the recording of which came out earlier th...
Richard Danielpour chats with 89.3WQED
On March 26, 2021, approximately one year after the first COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns in the U.S., pianist Simone Dinnerstein's recording of An American Mosaic by composer Richard Danielpour was released on Supertrain Records. An American Mosaic is a set of fifteen miniatures, each commemorating a segment of the American population that has been affected by the pandemic – doctors, parents, chil...
Richard Danielpour and Simone Dinnerstein collaborate from separate coasts on 'An American Mosaic' / textura
Richard Danielpour's An American Mosaic emerged, quite literally, in response to earlier recordings by Simone Dinnerstein. In May 2020, the Grammy Award-winning composer called her from Los Angeles-"out of the blue," in her words-to say how much her Bach recordings had sustained him through the initial period of the pandemic and, even more significantly, to tell the pianist about a new piec...
Stitched together with reflective interludes, Simone Dinnerstein's premiere of Richard Danielpour's 'An American Mosaic' coheres as a scrapbook recounting a shared experience / The New Yorker
The New Yorker's Oussama Zahr writes.....Composer Richard Danielpour has said that Simone Dinnerstein's Bach recordings got him through the early months of the pandemic. It's easy to hear why: the pianist's care and equanimity in playing such solidly constructed pieces feels reassuring-proof of an organized world. When Danielpour decided to write "An American Mosaic"-a series of miniatures that depic...
Richard Danielpour's 'An American Mosaic' honors frontline workers / WOSU Public Media
Classical 101's Jennifer Hambrick writes......Composer Richard Danielpour says he barely slept during the month of April 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic forced the U.S. into lockdown and the death toll skyrocketed. "The only thing that was able to relax me enough to sleep," Danielpour later wrote, "was listening to (pianist) Simone Dinnerstein's Bach recordings." Those acclaimed recordings also...
Richard Danielpour finds his voice in 'The Passion of Yeshua' / San Francisco Classical Voice
San Francisco Classical Voice, RICHARD S. GINELL writes.....Lots of composers, filmmakers, painters, and writers have had their say on the last days of Jesus - some, like J.S. Bach, multiple times. To this long, long line we can add the name Richard Danielpour, a Jewish-American composer with Iranian-born parents who has written his own evening-length The Passion of Yeshua - first heard at the Oreg...
Richard Danielpour Interview with Harmonious World Podcast
Richard Danielpour has had a productive lockdown, composing prolifically and working hard on a new opera, which he hopes to finish in 2021. This interview focuses particularly on 'The Passion of Yeshua', which is a stunning oratorio. The recording has been nominated for three Grammys - Best engineered album - classical; Best choral performance; and Best contemporary classical composition. Ric...
BPO Chorus & UCLA Chamber Singers revel in GRAMMY nominations for Richard Danielpour's dramatic oratorio - The Passion of Yeshua / San Francisco Classical Voice
While this holiday season is unlike any other because of the COVID-19 crisis, the need for human compassion and forgiveness is even greater. With composer Richard Danielpour's dramatic oratorio, The Passion of Yeshua, an intensely personal telling of the final hours of Christ on Earth, such solace can be found. The work received its world premiere at the Oregon Bach Festival in 2018, with a second perfor...