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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: Annie Rago (Voice); José Puentes (Double Bass); Katie Palumbo (Piano); Kimberly Steinhauer (Voice); José Navia (Clarinet); Amadis Amaya (Voice); Charlene Canty (Soprano); Barney Culver (Cello); Amy Galbraith (Oboe); Jason Posnock (Violin); Dilshad Posnock (Flute); Sean Donaldson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Efraìn Amaya
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

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