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The literary bestiary is a compilation of fantastic beings and animals that originated in the ancient Greco-Roman, Persian and Byzantine periods. A fascinating aspect of the images of the bestiary is the heterogeneous mix of traits, often taken from several different real animals, which surprisingly converge in new beings, which possess an archetypal integrity; such is the case of the griffin (eagle-lion) or the chimera (goat-lion-snake), for example. "Necessary monster", Borges called the dragon in his Handbook of Fantastic Zoology, because "there is something in its image that is consistent with the imagination of men."=The idea of writing a series of works to make a musical bestiary came to me in 2006 du ring an academic stay at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. My starting point was Jabberwock, composed three years earlier. In Rochester I wrote The Golem, The Labyrinth of sacrifices and the Kraken's dream; upon my return to Mexico, I wrote Maxwell's demon and the Trauco. The beings of this intimate bestiary not only find their inspiration in the waters of multicolored mytho- logical sources, but also in literature (Jabberwock) or science (Maxwell's demon). --Hebert VázquezNotes & Reviews:
Recording information: Estudio A. I. de la Universidad Kunitachi, Tokio (2011-08-15&2011-08-17_2011-).
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August Klughardt (1847-1902): Symphony No. 4; Drei Stücke Op. 87 / Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau; Antony Hermus
Ferdinand Thieriot (1838-1919): Piano Quartet, Op. 30; Schumann: Youth Piano Quartet, 1829 fragment / Valentin Piano Quartet
Per Norgård (b.1932): Symphonies 1 & 8 / Sakari Oramo, Vienna PO
Harald Weiss (b.1949): Requiem - Schwarz vor Augen und es ward Licht! / Dorothee Mields, Andreas Karasiak
Piero Pezzè (1913-1980): A Tribute - Chamber Music Works / Andrea Rucli, piano; Nicola Bulfone, clarinet, Lucio Degani, violin
Ignaz Pleyel: Prussian Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Pleyel Quartet Koln
Joseph Haydn: Anne Hunter's Salon - Scottish Folk Songs & English Canzonettas / Les Amis de Philippe, Dorothee Mields, soprano
Reservoirs: Orchestral works by Guto Pryderi Puw (b.1971) / David Cowley, oboe; BBC Nat'l Orchl of Wales
Dreamscape: Songs and Trios by Andrzej & Roxanna Panufnik / Heather Shipp, soprano
Works DetailsVazquez, Hebert : Bestiario, for chamber ensemble
- Conductor: Hebert Vazquez
- Ensemble: Ensemble Nomad
- Notes: Estudio A. I. de la Universidad Kunitachi, Tokio (2011-08-15&2011-08-17_2011-)
- Running Time: 56 min. 18 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary