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Joie de Vivre! by Panorámicos

by Panorámicos

New Chamber Music for winds, strings, harp, and piano.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Escualo
Lynne Ramsey, Ralph Curry, Thomas Sperl & Randall Fusco
3:41 $1.99
2. Danses Ravissants
Mary Kay Ferguson, Danna Sundet, Lynne Ramsey & Lisa Wellbaum
12:42 $1.99
3. Trio For Flute, Oboe, Piano I.
Mary Kay Ferguson, Danna Sundet & Randall Fusco
2:49 $0.99
4. Trio For Flute, Oboe, Piano: II. Adagio
Mary Kay Ferguson, Danna Sundet & Randall Fusco
3:14 $0.99
5. Trio For Flute, Oboe, Piano: III. Allegro
Mary Kay Ferguson, Danna Sundet & Randall Fusco
3:57 $0.99
6. Trio For Flute, Oboe, Piano: IV. Allegro Molto
Mary Kay Ferguson, Danna Sundet & Randall Fusco
2:11 $0.99
7. Andante Fur Horn Und Klavier
Richard King & Randall Fusco
3:56 $1.99
8. Oboe Machinations: I. Echoes
Thomas C. Moore, Danna Sundet & Randall Fusco
8:01 $0.99
9. Oboe Machinations: II. Ploys
Thomas C. Moore, Danna Sundet & Randall Fusco
8:07 $0.99
10. Viola Zombie For Two Violas
Lynne Ramsey & Jeffrey Irvine
6:59 $1.99
11. Romans Des Rois: I. Rites
Danna Sundet, Richard King & Randall Fusco
7:53 $0.99
12. Romans Des Rois: II. Reves
Danna Sundet, Richard King & Randall Fusco
7:08 $0.99
13. Romans Des Rois: III. Rondes
Danna Sundet, Richard King & Randall Fusco
7:50 $0.99
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Album Notes

Internationally acclaimed Panorámicos is a prize winning Mixed Chamber Ensemble whose innovative programs feature commissions and collaborations with composers from the worlds of theatre, jazz, contemporary, classical and world music.


Ralph Curry, cellist, is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Amici Quartet. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Colorado Philharmonic. He has performed as a chamber musician extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

Mary Kay Ferguson has risen to national prominence as a versatile flutist who has performed with the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, among others. She has been a featured soloist at Severance Hall, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and founded Panorámicos in 2004.

Pianist Randall Fusco has performed throughout the United States, and has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles. He is currently Professor of Music at Hiram College in Ohio. Fusco earned his B. M. and M. M. degrees in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music.

Lynne Ramsey is First Assistant Principal Violist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She is a member of the Amici Quartet, and serves on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. Previous posts have included Principal Violist in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. She has been heard as soloist with the Beijing Philharmonic, China, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others.

Danna Sundet teaches at Kent State University, is the Director of the John Mack Oboe Camp, and is Principal Oboist with The Erie Philharmonic. She has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Opera and Ballet, and as soloist with Trinity Chamber Players and the Carmel (CA) and Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festivals.


Jeffrey Irvine joined the viola faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in September of 1999. He was previously Professor of Viola and Chair of the String Division at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His students have won major orchestral, teaching and chamber music posts, and have been First Prize Winners in important competitions, including the Primrose Competition, the ASTA National Solo Competition, and the Washington International Competition. In 1985, Mr. Irvine presented master classes in Beijing and Shanghai and gives master classes at major schools in the United States. He teaches at the Heifetz International and the Aspen Music Festivals, and was formerly a member of the New World String Quartet.

Richard King began serving as Principal Horn of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1997, having joined the ensemble in 1988 as Associate Principal at the age of 20. He has been featured numerous times as soloist with the Orchestra. Richard began playing the horn at the age of nine. He briefly attended the Juilliard School of Music and subsequently earned a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. His primary horn teacher was former Cleveland Orchestra principal Myron Bloom. An active chamber musician and recitalist, Mr. King is a member of the critically acclaimed Center City Brass. He can be heard regularly at the Music in the Vineyards (California) and Bay Chamber Concerts (Maine) festivals. He has released an album of Schubert Lieder transcribed for horn and piano on Albany Records. Richard King is on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Kent/Blossom Music Professional training program. He plays a Conn 8D horn.

Thomas C. Moore has performed as Principal Oboist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Opera Orchestra, Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, and was Principal Oboist and founder of Red {an orchestra}. He has appeared as soloist with the Harrisburg Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and Trinity Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Moore earned his BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with late Cleveland Orchestra Principal Oboist John Mack.
A four-time GRAMMY Award winning producer and recording editor, Mr. Moore is a founding member of the newly formed Five/Four Productions, Ltd., and for many years was Producer and Senior Recording Editor for Telarc International. He earned a nomination for Classical Producer of the Year 2005, and won Outstanding Producer of the Year from the OutMusic Awards held in New York City.

Thomas Sperl is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra double bass section and is on the faculty at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Rochester Chamber Players, and was previously a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras.

Lisa Wellbaum served as Principal Harp of the Cleveland Orchestra for thirty-three seasons. She was a student of the late renowned harpist Alice Chalifoux at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Wellbaum served as principal harpist of the Winnipeg Symphony, the New Orleans Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Opera. She has coached harpists for auditions and given Master Classes at the Eastman School of Music, Universities of Michigan, Cincinnati, and Boston, Shepherd School, New England Conservatory, Temple University, and the Curtis Insititute. Ms. Wellbaum has been soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra in Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp, and has recorded Debussy’s Danses Sacrée et Profane, performing it in Severance Hall in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall in New York City.


Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla’s oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. An exceptional bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with different ensembles. Born 1921 in Argentina to Italian parents, he spent his childhood in New York City, where he was exposed to both jazz and the music of J.S. Bach. Returning to Argentina in 1937, he met pianist Arthur Rubinstein, who advised him to study with composer Alberto Ginastera. Delving into scores of Stravinsky, Bartok, Ravel, and others, he rose early each morning to hear the Teatro Colón orchestra rehearse while continuing a gruelling performing schedule in the tango clubs at night. In 1953 Piazzolla won a grant to study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, with whom he discovered his identity as a composer. He returned to Argentina in 1955 and formed the Octeto Buenos Aires. Piazzolla’s Escualo (Shark) was originally recorded in 1979 in Buenos Aires by a quintet of bandoneon, violin, guitar, piano, and bass that was to become the basis for most of Piazzolla’s work during the 1980s. All of the selections on that recording were related to shark fishing, which was the composer’s favorite diversion while vacationing in Punta del Este, Uruguay. This arrangement of Escualo by noted jazz composer Paul Ferguson is for solo viola, cello, double bass, and piano.

Margi Griebling-Haigh’s music has been characterized as haunting, charismatic, yearning, wistful, lyrical, and colorful. Her awards include a grant from BMI and First Prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs' Competition for Orchestral Works. She was named “Ohio Composer of the Year” by the Ohio Music Teachers’ Association and received a Jerome Composer Commission from the American Composers Forum. She has received commissions from prominent soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras, and has enjoyed collaborations with writers, poets, and choreographers.. Trained as an oboist at the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory, she studied orchestral repertoire at the Pierre Monteux Memorial School. Commissioned by flutist Susan Royal and oboist Danna Sundet as a quartet for flute, oboe, cello, and harp, Danses Ravissants paints a ravishing, energetic, and passionate image. This arrangement for Panorámicos features the viola rather than the cello. Taking advantage of the witty impertinence of the oboe and the haunting lyricism of the viola, the luster of the flute, the piquancy of the piccolo, and the explosive zing of the harp, this is a visual artist’s impression of dances.
Romans des Rois was commissioned by Richard King to address the under-representation of oboe and horn as partners in chamber music. “Novels (or stories) of Kings” seeks to capture the regal, expressive qualities of the horn and oboe. In the first movement, Rites, the monarch establishes his authority. He dreams and reminisces in the following Rêves, and revels in various regal diversions in the final movement, Rondes.

English composer Gordon Jacob (1895-1984) was known for his wind instrument compositions. He studied composition, theory, and conducting at the Royal College of Music, where he then taught from 1924 until his 1966 retirement, counting Malcolm Arnold and Imogen Holst among his students. Throughout his career he often wrote pieces for students and colleagues. His renown peaked during 1950s, when his Music for a Festival was used for the 1951 Festival of Britain and his fanfare arrangement of the British National Anthem was used for Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation. After his retirement, he continued to support himself by composing, often on commission. He described many of the works as “unpretentious little pieces”.
A number of Gordon Jacob's works involving keyboard accompaniments specify harpsichord with piano as alternative (or vice versa). The Trio for Flute (doubling on Piccolo), Oboe, and Harpsichord is no exception. Premiered by the Sylvan Trio in 1958, this four-movement work exudes happiness and joie-de-vivre, with a particularly witty final movement.

Richard Strauss was born in Munich in 1864, the son of the principal horn player of the local opera company. He started writing music at age six and continued almost until his death in 1949. In 1882, Strauss entered Munich University, where he studied philosophy and art history. He left for Berlin a year later, where he soon secured a post as assistant conductor and then successor to Hans von Bülow. His solo and chamber compositions from this time were conservative, in the style Schumann and Mendelssohn, true to his father's teachings. Strauss's style began to mature when he met Alexander Ritter, a noted composer and the husband of one of Richard Wagner's nieces, who persuaded Strauss to abandon the conservative style of his youth, and begin writing tone poems. Ritter also introduced Strauss to the essays of Wagner and the writings of Schopenhauer, which influenced his later works.
Richard Strauss composed Andante für Horn und Klavier (from an unfinished sonata) in 1888. It was written for the occasion of the silver wedding anniversary of his parents.

Thomas Janson is Professor of Composition and Theory at Kent State University, has been honored by the National Society of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. He has received the Charles Ives Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His works have been presented at Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche, West Berlin; Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris; Carnegie Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York City; and at universities and colleges throughout the United States. His music has been performed by such distinguished ensembles as The New Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the New York Motet Choir and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, as well as by major soloists.
Oboe Machinations was commissioned as a project by students of Danna Sundet, spearheaded by Kirsten Hall. She wrote to Thomas Janson outlining their wishes about the instrumentation and duration of a new piece, which was to be premiered on her senior recital that spring. The composer graciously declined financial remuneration in favor of the students' payment of friendship, pizza, beer, and a selection of their best broken reeds. Dr. Janson wrote Oboe Machinations over Christmas break and dedicated the work to Kirsten Hall.

According to the League of American Orchestras, Michael Daugherty (b. 1954), is one of the ten most performed living American composers. He has been hailed by The Times (London) as “a master icon maker” with a “maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear.” Daugherty first came to international attention when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performed his Metropolis Symphony with David Zinman at Carnegie Hall in 1994. After teaching composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he joined the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor in 1991 where he is Professor of Composition. Daugherty’s music has been performed by, among others, the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, RAI Orchestra of Turin and the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. His music is published by Peermusic Classical and since 2003 by Boosey and Hawkes.
Viola Zombie was composed for violists Jeffery Irvine and Lynne Ramsey who gave its world premiere performance at the XIXth International Viola Congress in Ithaca, New York in 1991. Michael Daugherty writes: “You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a world as vast as space and as timeless as infinity where two violas separated stereophonically on stage explore the musical and timbral possibilities of the imagination. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. That's the signpost up ahead — your next stop, Viola Zombie.”


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