Zoo of Dreams
AMICI CHAMBER PLAYERS Zoo of Dreams TROY647 - Price: $16.99
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Aunique and interesting collection of chamber music performed with sensitivity by the Amici Chamber Players.

Christopher Pegis, cellist is the founder and Artistic Director of Amici Chamber Players and a cellist with the Florida String Quartet. He writes: "This recording is in many ways a product of my large extended musical family, my work with the Florida West Coast Symphony, and indeed the very nature of creative collaborations. Although it was not planned this way, the performers and composers are all linked to one another in some way by family, friendship and work. I was lucky to have met Soulima Stravinsky and his wife, Francoise, and was involved in earlier recordings and performances of his music before they both passed away. Through the Stravinskys, a link was made to his father Igor and to fellow composer Charles Jones. Although my memory of this is dim, apparently I did shake Jones' hand at a reception in New York City following my ensemble's concert to honor Soulima's chamber music compositions. Thomas Massella and Efrain Amaya are former college classmates of myself and my wife, respectively; Paul Ramsier came to us via the Florida West Coast Symphony and his collaborations with Symphony bassist John Miller. When we started to physically record this music, we jointly decided to try to avoid cutting and splicing at all costs. Our aim was to impart the excitement and sweep of a live performance to our audience. This put extra pressure on all of the performers, but the result is that what you are hearing is 98% splice free from beginning to end. In fact, nine of the eleven compositions are complete takes from start to finish."
Contents:
Thomas Massella, composer
Lament on the Death of Yitzhak Rabin
Christopher Pegis, cello, Jonathan Spivey, piano

Paul Ramsier, composer
Zoo of Dreams III: Saraha Rainforest
Christopher Pegis, cello, John Miller, bass

Paul Ramsier, composer
Zoo of Dreams II: Cheetah Departs
Monica Pegis, violin, Reiko Nijya, violin, Kazuko Matsusaka, viola, Christopher Pegis, cello

Charles Jones, composer
Chorale Prelude for Solo Violin
Reiko Nijya, violin

Charles Jones, composer
Threnody for Viola Alone
Matthew Pegis, viola

Charles Jones, composer
Prelude & Fugue
Matthew Pegis, viola, Jonathan Spivey, piano

Charles Jones, composer
Pavanne for Two Violas
Matthew Pegis, Kazuko Matsusaka, violas

Soulima Stravinsky, composer
Lamento
Cheeko Matsusaka, cello, Jonathan Spivey, piano

Igor Stravinsky, composer
Elegie
Damien Pegis, violin

Christopher Pegis, composer
Passages
John Miller, bass, Jonathan Spivey, piano

Efrain Amaya, composer
Silent Conversations
Christopher Pegis, Cheeko Matsusaka, cellos

Review:
Review to come.
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