Sounds of the Violin and Kamáncheh features Rahmatolláh Badiyi on the title instruments and Tahmasbi on the tunbak. They perform traditional Persian songs and melodies. Some Western listeners may have difficulty with these pieces, feeling that the music emphasizes all the harshness of the violin but none of its beauty and splendor. There could also be an expectation that the tunbak, a cool percussion instrument, be featured at least in part in a soloing role, but Tahmasbi is never provided such an opportunity. The kamáncheh is similar to the violin, but again, certain Western ears may find that the instrument's harshness seems to be emphasized here. As a result, although those attuned to traditional Persian music and instrumentation may find this recording to be worthwhile, others may find the CD to be a challenging listen at best.
AllMusic Review by Jim Brenholts