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Amaya: Clepsydra / Amaya, Canty, Donaldson, Rago, Steinhauer, et al

Album Summary

>Amaya, Efraìn : Phantasmagorilla? No! Phantasmagoria, children's opera in one act
>Amaya, Efraìn : Clepsydra, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Efrain Amaya was born in Venezuela. He studied composition and piano at the University of Indiana and conducting at Rice University. He is on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and founder and conductor of the Point Chamber Orchestra. His children's opera, featured on this recording, was first performed by the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. The other work, Clepsydra premiered as part of the First Night celebrations in Pittsburgh as a collaborative multimedia performance.

"Venezuelan-born Efrain Amaya is both the composer here and conductor (he is founder and music director of The Point Chamber Orchestra). The wittily titled Phantasmagorilla? No, Phantasmagoria! is set in America, in 2006...The performance is slick. As Amaya's compositional voice includes (but is certainly not limited to) minimalism, it needs to be slick to be effective...Amaya uses simple but effective means to evoke atmospheres...The coupling, Clepsydra, is subtitled "an operatic installation with 13 performers"...The music here is often intensely beautiful. Whereas in Phantasmagorilla one admires the sure hand of construction and, indeed, the wit, here one is transported to what might be termed higher realms. Minimalism is again touched upon at the "Transform" part of "The Ritual" (The sands shift in rare geometry). The important thing to grasp here is that, for all of its multimedia basis, Clepsydra works beautifully as a musical construct, and as imagined theater. As an aside, if ancient Egyptian ritual makes you curious, I recommend the fascinating book, Heka: The Practices of Ancient Egyptian Ritual and Magic, by David Rankine (published by Avalonia books: www.avalonia.co.uk). Unfortunately, although both operas are generously tracked, the track points are not included in the provided libretto." - Colin Clarke, Fanfare


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>Efraìn Amaya : Phantasmagorilla? No! Phantasmagoria, children's opera in one act
  • Performers: José Puentes (Double Bass); Annie Rago (Voice); Kimberly Steinhauer (Voice); Amadis Amaya (Voice); Jason Posnock (Violin); Barney Culver (Cello); Katie Palumbo (Piano); José Navia (Clarinet); Amy Galbraith (Oboe); Charlene Canty (Soprano); Sean Donaldson (Voice); Dilshad Posnock (Flute)
  • Conductor: Efraìn Amaya
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Efraìn Amaya : Clepsydra, opera
  • Performers: Drew Fennell (Trumpet); Robert Skavronski (Double Bass); Gerardo Salazar (Percussion); Miguel Rojas (Cello); Scott Bohannon (French Horn); Dilshad Posnock (Flute); César Suárez (Viola); Tim Ward (Bassoon); David Welter (Clarinet); Jean Wentworth (Voice); Douglas Ahlstedt (Tenor); Renate Sakins (Oboe); Susanne Park (Violin)
  • Conductor: Efraìn Amaya
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary