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Miguel Chuaqui (b.1964): "Confabulario" - Chamber works / Lisa Byrnes, flute; Robert Stephenson, oboe; Lee Livengood, clarinet; Stephen Proser, french horn; Madeleine Shapiro, cello; Marilyn Nonken, piano; and more

Album Summary

>Chuaqui, Miguel : Confabulario, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon
>Chuaqui, Miguel : Saturniana, for bass trombone
>Chuaqui, Miguel : Trance, for cello
>Chuaqui, Miguel : Blues en el Corazón, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Chilean-American composer Miguel Chuaqui presents beautifully crafted works for small chamber and solo instruments on his Ravello Records release CONFABULARIO. The American Academy of Arts and Letters says of Chuaqui "His music shows qualities attributable to his Latin-American roots; although he is not a 'genre' composer. He is a clearly integrated personality, which exhibits a unique and convincing sensibility." The works on this album present a wide range of interrelated musical materials arrayed into artfully crafted forms. This quality is perhaps most salient in the solo piano work Blues En El Corazon, which features three movements based on musical idea of the blues scale. Written for American pianist Marilyn Nonken, the role of the blues scale's influence shifts from movement to movement in differing disguises. The intervals that compose the structurally significant chord in the work's first movement "Blues Claro", mirror the intervals that define blues music's harmonic language. The two-movement work Confabulario (the title derived from the Spanish verb, 'confabular': to conspire) for wind quintet expresses the image of a group of people (or even a family) who loudly talk over each other in the process of reaching a consensus. The piece's first movement, "Rapsodia", illustrates the independence, difference, and disharmony inherent to the characters, in the sounds of the wind quintet's composite instruments. The second movement "Concertacion" portrays the group's arrival at an agreement, as motives from an early oboe solo are passed among the other instruments.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, Salt La (04/08/2013); Louis Brown Recording Studios, New York, NY (04/08/2013); Teatro Escuela Moderna de Música in Santiago Chile (04/08/2013); Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, Salt La (05/09/2011); Louis Brown Recording Studios, New York, NY (05/09/2011); Teatro Escuela Moderna de Música in Santiago Chile (05/09/2011); Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, Salt La (05/14/2013/05/16/2013); Louis Brown Recording Studios, New York, NY (05/14/2013/05/16/2013); Teatro Escuela Moderna de Música in Santiago Chile (05/14/2013/05/16/2013); Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, Salt La (11/01/2010); Louis Brown Recording Studios, New York, NY (11/01/2010); Teatro Escuela Moderna de Música in Santiago Chile (11/01/2010).



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Works Details

>Chuaqui, Miguel : Confabulario, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon
  • Performers: Lisa Byrnes (Flute); Lee Livengood (Clarinet); Stephen Proser (French Horn); Robert Stephenson (Oboe); Lori Wike (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (05/14/2013/05/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2012

>Chuaqui, Miguel : Saturniana, for bass trombone
  • Performer: Donn Schaefer (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2009

>Chuaqui, Miguel : Trance, for cello
  • Performer: Madeleine Shapiro (Cello)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2010

>Chuaqui, Miguel : Blues en el Corazón, for piano
  • Performer: Marilyn Nonken (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2009