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Pinsk and Blue - Chamber Music of Alla Borzova

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> Majnun Songs - No. 1. Prelude
> Majnun Songs - No. 2. I Am Pining
> Majnun Songs - No. 3. Sorrow's Wind Sighs in the Desert
> Majnun Songs - No. 4. Paradise Beckons
> Majnun Songs - No. 5. Caressing Your Soft Footmarks Which Kissed Sand
> Majnun Songs - No. 6. Love Captured Me
> Majnun Songs - No. 7. Prayer
> Majnun Songs - No. 8. Hymn
> Majnun Songs - No. 9. Postlude
> Scherzo - Scherzo
> Images Francaises - I. The Shepherd's Dialogue
> Images Francaises - II. The Bayeux Tapestry
> Images Francaises - III. The Hall of Mirrors
> Images Francaises - IV. Chanson
> Images Francaises - V. The Shepherd's Solitude
> Pinsk and Blue (version for accordion and piano) - Pinsk and Blue (version for accordion and piano)
> Mother Said - I. I Finally Managed to Talk to Her
> Mother Said - II. Deformed Finger
> Mother Said - III. Sons
> Mother Said - IV. Separated Seats
> Mother Said - V. Change of Heart
> Mother Said - VI. At the Zoo
> Mother Said - VII. Happy or Sad

Album Summary

>Borzova, Alla : Majnun Songs, for tenor, flute, riq & string quartet
>Borzova, Alla : Scherzo for clarinet & piano
>Borzova, Alla : Images Françaises, for violin & piano
>Borzova, Alla : Pinsk & Blue, for accordion & piano
>Borzova, Alla : Mother Said, for voice & ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This engaging CD, preserving some of Alla's finest smaller-scale creations, reveals her sponge-like knack for soaking up far-flung musical influences wherever she goes. Arabic flavors - complete with thirdtones, vocal quavers and other idiomatic touches - help to bring out the stark tragedy and outright insanity of her lovelorn Majnun Songs. Her American exposure has left her with a new-found taste for American jazz, as heard in her Pinsk and Blue - an amazing piece for accordion and piano. It is not easy to pin Borzova down stylistically - you'll hear everything from unaffected folk-tunes to cunning and sophisticated tone-rows from her.



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Works Details

>Borzova, Alla : Majnun Songs, for tenor, flute, riq & string quartet
  • Performers: David Bowlin (Violin); Patricia Spencer (Flute); James Rio (Tenor); André Emelianoff (Cello); Lois Martin (Viola); Victor Schultz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alla Borzova
  • Ensemble: Da Capo Chamber Players
  • Running Time: 23 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Borzova, Alla : Scherzo for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Alla Borzova (Piano); Meighan Stoops (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Borzova, Alla : Images Françaises, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Alla Borzova (Piano); Yevgenia Strenger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Borzova, Alla : Pinsk & Blue, for accordion & piano
  • Performers: Alla Borzova (Piano); William Schimmel (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Borzova, Alla : Mother Said, for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Jo-Ann Sternberg (Clarinet); Eva Gruesser (Violin); Gabriel Kovach (French Horn); Gabriel Kovach (Shofar); André Emelianoff (Cello); Lisa Moore (Piano); Bill Ruyle (Percussion); Bill Ruyle (Cimbalom); Paul Sperry
  • Conductor: Alla Borzova
  • Ensemble: Da Capo Chamber Players
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary