On this double-CD set recorded live on their last American tour, Masters of Persian Music—the multi-Grammy Award-nominated titans of Iran's traditional music—provide a profoundly moving

On this double-CD set recorded live on their last American tour, Masters of Persian Music—the multi-Grammy Award-nominated titans of Iran's traditional music—provide a profoundly moving glimpse into the soulful, sophisticated music of their homeland. Legendary vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian; his son and protégé, young vocalist/tombak drum player Homayoun Shajarian; master kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor (known to American audiences for his work in Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project) and virtuosic tar player Hossein Alizadeh swoop in and out of each other's melodies, weaving exquisitely detailed improvisations around love poetry spanning the 13th to 20th centuries. The hoarse cries of Kalhor's bowed fiddle, the impassioned melancholy of M.R. Shajarian's singing, the delicate filigreed eloquence of Alizadeh's plucked lute and the earthy rumble of Homayoun Shajarian's drum leave the listener breathless. Be sure to catch the quartet on its current, extensive North American tour.—AT