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The music of Iranian composer Behzad ABDI fuses dastgah (the Iranian modal system) with Western classical forms. He wrote Iran's first national opera, Rumi (Naxos 8.660424-25), and Hafezalso exemplifies his approach to the medium. The opera's subject is the great Persian poet and mystic Hafez, whose sonnets and poetry are still widely read across the Persian-speaking world today. Behrouz Gharibpour's libretto traces the poet's tribulations, memories of keeping his poems from being destroyed by a despotic government, and subsequent exile. ABDI's polytonal technique serves to reflect the unique concepts of Hafez's 14th-century poetry with passion, lyricism and power.