Sunday, November 3, 2013

CD Review: Alim Qasimov And Fargana Qasimova's 'Intimate Dialogue'

Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova
Intimate Dialogue
Dreyer Gaido

Azerbaijani father and daughter, Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, respectively, showcase their instrumental and vocal talents on Intimate Dialogue. There are only four songs in all, but the album runs nearly one-and-a-half hours long. The first song, "Mugham Shushtar," features Fargana's melismatic vocals with Ra'uf Islamov on kamanche, Ali Asgar Mammadov on tar, and Alim Qasimov on daf. "Mahur" features Alim Qasimov on vocals and abovementioned instrumentalists. "Mugham Bayati Shiraz" and "Eraq Tesnifi" contains both Alim's and Fargana's vocals, along with a stirring mix of instrumental arrangements that are very up-tempo in spots. The entire album was recorded live at Morgenland Festival Osnabruck in August 2009. The final round of applause at the end of the album sums it up quite nicely. ~ Matthew Forss 

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