Christopher Theofanidis: Complete Works with Guitar, Vol. 1

EXIGENCE Vocal Ensemble, Nicolò Spera (guitar), Eugene Rogers (conductor)

Catalog #: TROY1942
Release Date: August 1, 2023
Format: Digital

Christopher Theofanidis’ music has been performed by many of the world’s leading performing arts organizations. He is a two-time Grammy nominee for best composition and his work for viola and chamber orchestra won the 2021 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. He is on the faculty at Yale University and the Aspen Music Festival. Italian guitarist Nicolò Spera initiated this project of recording all of Theofanidis’ music for guitar, which includes a work for viola, guitar, and flute; a work for flute and guitar; and a large work for chorus and guitar. Spera enjoys a distinguished career as a recitalist and chamber musician. He is known for his research on the Franco-Andalusian composer Maurice Ohana. He is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder. EXIGENCE is a professional vocal ensemble highlighting artistry within Black and Latinx communities. Melissa Studdard is the author of two poetry collections. Her awards include The Penn Review Poetry Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Award, and the Tom Howard Award.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Vaghe Stelle Christopher Theofanidis Matthew Dane (viola); Christina Jennings (flute); Nicolò Spera (guitar)
Spring Verses Christopher Theofanidis Christina Jennings (flute); Nicolò Spera (guitar)
Door Out of the Fire Christopher Theofanidis ; Melissa Studdard, librettist EXIGENCE Vocal Ensemble; Nicolò Spera (guitar); Eugene Rogers (conductor)


  • This is music that deserves to be heard everywhere—an example of an excellent collaboration between a spirited guitarist and substantial composer who speaks in a contemporary language that encourages listeners to expand their musical vocabulary without overwhelming them. Bravo!

    – American Record Guide

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