Orchestral Works
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Three orchestral works based on literature.

For his fourth recording on Albany Records, "maximalist" composer Florencio Asenjo gives us three orchestral works based on literature. The Batrachomyomachia or The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice is an anonymous ancient Greek parody of the Iliad. Palm-of-the-Hand Tales is incidental music to ten of Yasunari Kawabata's narratives from his Palm-of-the-Hand Stories. Basile's Pentameron frames incidental musical episodes from Giambattista Baile's Penteramron, which was the source of famous stories by Perrault and the Grimm brothers.
Contents:
Florencio Asenjo, composer
The Batrachomyomachia
Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, conductor

Florencio Asenjo, composer
Palm-of-the-Hand Tales
Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, conductor

Florencio Asenjo, composer
Basile's Pentameron
Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, conductor

Review:
"Prex Penitentialis...is an ethereal and beautiful piece, performed very well here by Andrea Fullington." (American Record Guide)

"Genuinely novel in an age where it's been said that all the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks... music with an uncanny narrative sense that''s not quite like anything else out there, sympathetically interpreted by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra under Kirk Trevor. Strongly recommended." (Best Buy)
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