Rasson Bet-Yonan | Theme and Variation in Four Movements

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Theme and Variation in Four Movements

by Rasson Bet-Yonan

His originality is unmistakable as he weaves east and west together into seamless variations on Assyrian folk melodies.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Movement1- Gol Sheiny
4:07 $0.99
2. Movement2- Goodi
11:05 $0.99
3. Movement3- Ziepta d’Khetna
4:51 $0.99
4. Movement4- Sheikhany
7:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
This music came as a surprise. I had expected the traditional Assyrian music I grew up with, but what I found instead was traditional Assyrian melodies framed in the classical music tradition of Western Europe, with little splashes of Latin America. It is a pleasant surprise, indeed.

Mr. Bet-Yonan’s musical signature here is obviously influenced by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Gershwin, and to some degree, the Cuban Lecuona and the Brazilian Nazareth. Yet, his originality is unmistakable as he weaves the east and the west together into seamless variations on Assyrians folk melodies.

Each movement is based on a different Assyrian melody; “Gol Sheiny,” “Goodi,” “Ziepta d’Khetna,” and “Sheikhany” respectively. The music is densely written, with heavy base lines and clustered chords. Harmonies float between driving and serene, the mood swinging from lyrical to martial to yearning. Pianist Adam Chlastawa performs the music as if he and the composer were of the same mind.

This is not background music. It requires an attentive ear. In the end, there isno doubt left of Mr. Bet-Yonan’s talent as a composer. That he is an Assyrian who holds on to his roots while looking ahead is to be admired.

—Obelit Yadgar
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Claudio Fucarino

Amazing Piano Music
This album is a roller coaster of exciting melodies and deep emotions that awaken your senses. In some parts, the music leaps and yearns dramatically, as if there are not enough musical notes or dynamics to fully express the heart of the composer. And the pianist is breathtaking, playing with such great technique and becoming one with the composition. Piano music this amazing is hard to come by these days. I consider this album a true gem, and I recommend listening to it a few times over to fully appreciate its remarkable value.