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Anthony Piccolo: Imaginary Symphony and Other Tales / Hamelin Children's Chorus; Campanella Children's Chorus

Album Summary

>Piccolo, Anthony : Imaginary Symphony no 1
>Piccolo, Anthony : Sonata for cello
>Piccolo, Anthony : Fever Time, songs (7) for children's chorus, percussion & celesta
>Piccolo, Anthony : Flutes de suite, for multi-flute soloist
>Piccolo, Anthony : Fanfare-Sonatina, for 4 horns
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

NY based Anthony Piccolo leads a vibrant career as the Children's Chorus Director at the Metropolitan Opera. This recording is an album of works written entirely by Piccolo and features The Imaginary Symphony No.1 hailed as "one of the most appealing pieces for children and orchestra ever written" (The Advocate, Stamford CT).

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Piccolo's Imaginary Symphony was meant for children, there is plenty here for adults to enjoy as well. Part of what makes it accessible is its likeness to a film score - Pirates of the Caribbean comes to mind at some spots. Fever Time is a collection of songs, modal and/or pentatonic lullabies. These are aimed at both children and adults. They also serve as a perfect example of a feeling I get from all the music on the record: there is a playful nature to most of it. The cello sonata has a Bach-via-eastern-Europe flavor to it, and the flute suite has a modality similar to the lullabies discussed above. There is an element of fantasy to everything that makes the music attractive.



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Works Details

>Piccolo, Anthony : Imaginary Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Ensemble: Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Piccolo, Anthony : Sonata for cello
  • Performer: Petr Nouzovsky (Cello)
  • Conductor: Anthony Piccolo
  • Ensemble: Hamelin Children's Chorus
  • Running Time: 11 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piccolo, Anthony : Fever Time, songs (7) for children's chorus, percussion & celesta
  • Performers: Lucie Kaucka; Ladislav Bilan (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Anthony Piccolo
  • Notes: Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic (06/09/2012); DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York, NY (06/09/2012); Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic (07/02/2011); DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York, NY (07/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Piccolo, Anthony : Flûtes de suite, for multi-flute soloist
  • Performer: Marta Talabova (Flute)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piccolo, Anthony : Fanfare-Sonatina, for 4 horns
  • Performers: Martin Sokol (Horn); Zuzana Rzounkova (Horn); Martin Paulik (Horn); Jaroslav Hubek (Horn)
  • Conductor: Vit Muzik
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern