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Three Cabinets Of Wonder: Music of Michael Colina

> Violin Concerto, "3 Cabinets of Wonder" - I. Fanny's Brother
> Violin Concerto, "3 Cabinets of Wonder" - II. Buddha's Assassin
> Violin Concerto, "3 Cabinets of Wonder" - III. Guardian of the Glowing
> Guitar Concerto, "Goyescana" - I. Fantazma Azul (Tango)
> Guitar Concerto, "Goyescana" - II. Serenata
> Guitar Concerto, "Goyescana" - III. Goyescana
> Los Caprichos - I. Ya es la Hora
> Los Caprichos - II. Chiton
> Los Caprichos - III. Mala Noche
> Los Caprichos - IV. Tantalo
> Los Caprichos - V. No hubo Remedio
> Los Caprichos - VI. Subir y Bajar
> Los Caprichos - VII. Linda Maestra
> Los Caprichos - VIII. Las Rinde el Sueno
> Los Caprichos - Harp Cadenza
> Los Caprichos - IX. Buen Viage
> Los Caprichos - X. Volaverunt
> Los Caprichos - XI. Sopla

Album Summary

>Colina, Michael : Three Cabinets of Wonder, concerto for violin & orchestra
>Colina, Michael : Goyescana, concerto for guitar & orchestra
>Colina, Michael : Los Caprichos, for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

This album of composer Michael Colina's complete chamber music features pianist Pierce Emata's recording of the Sestina Mutations, the New York-based Sybarite String Quintet's performance of Disturbing the Silence, the Trio Salles-Barrenechea's performance of the Idoru Trio and violinist Anastasia Khitruk's performance of Notturno for Piano and Violin. Michael Colina is a three-time Grammy-winning composer, and several of these recordings are world premieres.

Expedition Audio Recommended
The orchestration is fascinating. I've never heard trombone glissandi so musically scored or executed, nor a siren, nor a slide-whistle. Performances are excellent. Mr. Colina has the London Symphony Orchestra under Ira Levin at his service, and two excellent soloists: Guitarist Michael Andraccio and violinist Anastasia Khitruk. We must encourage this composer to continue writing.... read more ...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London, England (2010-01-13_2010-01-15&2010-).



Reviews

Three Cabinets of Wonder
Michael Colina, of Cuban descent, is a multiple GRAMMY® winning composer and producer who is based in New York with deep musical roots in his father's homeland. Colina embraces classical, jazz, and Latin music, often in engaging and distinctive combinations that display his love of the diversity of his musical influences. As a youth, he traveled between the U.S. and Cuba. Exposed to Latin music, soul and gospel from the south, and classical music, he discovered that he loved it all. After studying composition at the North Carolina School of Arts with Vittorio Giannini, Louis Mennini, and Robert Ward, he studied further in Sienna, Italy with Thomas Pasatieri and Roman Vlad, and was the first recipient of the Vittorio Giannini Memorial Scholarship award. Arriving in New York City and needing to make a living, he turned to jazz. Colina explained: "Classical music satisfied my intellectual side, but jazz was free, revolutionary, radical; it spoke to my bad-boy side." The orchestral suite "Los Caprichos," composed mostly in response to the atrocities of Abu Ghraib, is a riot of colors, rhythms, sounds, and moods that reflects his background in classical, jazz, soul, and Latin music. I can’t decide whether I like it or not. The guitar concerto is lyrical and pleasantly flavored with Hispanic rhythms and styles, and very much in the spirit of post-Romantic Hispanic guitar concertos such as those by Rodrigo, Moreno-Torroba, Ponce, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Villa-Lobos. Definitely a winner - I enjoyed listening to it. The violin concerto is very modern sounding, markedly less lyrical than the guitar concerto, although [to my ears] tonal, and it contains some interesting chords. The first movement is "spiky" [an adjective I usually reserve for early Prokofiev]; the second opens mysteriously and evolves successively into a somber melody, a jazzy violin passage, more violin meanderings with passionate accompaniment, and a mysterious close; the finale ranges from passages that sound like a soul in torment to rhapsodic ecstasy. I'm sure the composer is utterly sincere, but it's too modern for me; however that should not deter those who like post-Romantic music. The program notes [printed in white against a heavy orange-gold background] are hard to read but they explain the three works very well. The recording sound quality is excellent. Ted Wilks
Submitted on 04/11/11 by Ted Wilks 
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>Colina, Michael : Three Cabinets of Wonder, concerto for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Anastasia Khitruk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ira Levin
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, England (2010-01-13_2010-01-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2007-2009

>Colina, Michael : Goyescana, concerto for guitar & orchestra
  • Performer: Michael Andriaccio (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Ira Levin
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, England (2010-01-13_2010-01-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Colina, Michael : Los Caprichos, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ira Levin
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, England (2010-01-13_2010-01-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary