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Music That Tells a Story

by Symphonex Orchestra

Genre-bending Orchestral, New Age, Classical, World, and Fusion.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Dreams in Bloom: The Encounter
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2. Dreams in Bloom: Falling
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3. Dreams in Bloom: Garden by the Sea
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4. Dreams in Bloom: The Letter
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5. Dreams in Bloom: The Quest
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6. Dreams in Bloom: Reunion
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7. Dinner with Friends
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8. Variations on a Theme of Tromboncino-#1
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9. Variations on a Theme of Tromboncino #2
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10. Variations on a Theme of Tromboncino #3
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11. Gymnopédie Variations: Jaune
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12. Gymnopédie Variations: Blu
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13. Hevene Quene: Introduction
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14. Hevene Quene: Edi Beo Thu
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15. Dreams in Bloom: Introduction (Story)
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16. Dreams in Bloom: The Encounter (Story)
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17. Dreams in Bloom: Falling (Story)
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18. Dreams in Bloom: Garden by the Sea (Story)
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19. Dreams in Bloom: The Letter (Story)
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20. Dreams in Bloom: The Quest (Story)
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21. Dreams in Bloom: Reunion (Story)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Peter Xifaras, the creative force behind the Symphonex Orchestra®, is an award winning guitarist/composer whose music has topped the radio charts reaching fans around the world. Whether playing in smoke filled rock clubs, performing in classical concert halls, or creating genre-bending music in the studio, Peter's versatility is on full display with every project.

Peter's body of work ranges from classical to contemporary and has garnered praise in various publications for successfully crossing over musical boundaries:

“He combines delicate single-note melodies with harmonics, and intersperses chords with quick, melodic classical runs that fit together with tremendous cohesion.” - Guitar Player Magazine

“A gifted guitarist and composer, Peter Xifaras combines elements from Classical, New Age, and World to create music of astonishing beauty.” - New Age Retailer, Steve Ryals

“Displaying his compositional talents from nuevo flamenco to neo-classical, Peter’s music is rich with emotion, richly textured and brimming with imagination.” – New Age Voice, Bette Timm

“Peter Xifaras treats us to a wonderful collection of works with familiar classical themes that serve as points of departure as he explores delightfully original variations.” - Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

“Style-wise you will find music from neo-classical to renaissance...all played with heart born of love and talent. Peter's guitar and keyboard playing is technically expert and musically superb. ”
- Metaphysical Reviews, Richard Fuller

“A variety of instrumentation and styles makes Peter’s music an innovative ambient adventure into a richly textured musical world as all forms of music, from New Age to Flamenco to Classical effortlessly glide across the sound stage.” - 20th Century Guitar Magazine

“Projecting fragile beauty and a rich warm romanticism, Peter’s music is original and quite beautiful.”
- Wind & Wire, Bill Binkleman

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Kathy Parsons

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"Music That Tells a Story" by Symphonex Orchestra is an amazing two-disc set created and produced by Peter Xifaras. It is the first of a planned four-part series, one album to be released each year between now and 2021.

Disc 1 includes the six-movement “Dreams in Bloom” plus eight other tracks that are arrangements of classical music and one composition by percussionist Scott Jackson. Disc 2 is the thirteen-part narrated story of “Dreams in Bloom” with that music from Disc 1 added to the narration. The author, The Living Pen, was inspired by the music to write the beautiful love story for “Dreams in Bloom,” which works perfectly with the music. Narrated by Joan Jacobs with her warm and expressive British accent, the words and music touch the heart.

The styles of music vary widely from classical songs dating back to the 13th century to contemporary classical to prog rock and beyond. This album definitely won’t fit neatly into any category - my favorite kind of music! Peter Xifaras is joined by six guest artists (including the author and the narrator of the story) who perform vocals (Felicia Farerre), synth (Trammell Starks), drums/percussion (Scott Jackson) and bass (Nic Xifaras); everything else was performed by Xifaras.

Disc 1 begins with the six-part “Dreams in Bloom.” “The Encounter” opens with a poignant cello solo with shimmering synth washes behind it. About a minute into the piece, the cello continues with driving percussion, electric guitar, keyboard and additional strings. This one really grabs your attention and holds on, and I defy anyone to sit still while listening to it! “Falling” begins with wind-chimes and then the strings return with a beautiful but sorrowful melody. “Garden By the Sea” has a somewhat Asian flavor with piano, strings, and light bells. “The Letter” is a graceful piano piece accompanied by strings and chimes that overflows with tenderness and love. “The Quest” has a very cinematic quality, expressing mystery and uncertainty. “Reunion” brings the story to a happy close - romantic and contented.

“Dinner With Friends” tells the story of the reunion of two friends twenty-five years after they lost touch. Energetic and playful, it’s a delightful interlude between “Dreams in Bloom” and the classical pieces that follow. The next three tracks are “Variations on a Theme of Tromboncino,” originally published in about 1500. Sung in Italian, these haunting contemporary variations include sweeping strings and piano behind the lovely vocals of Felicia Farerre. Two orchestrated “Gymnopedie Variations” are based Erik Satie’s famous solo piano work. I often think of “Three Gymnopedies” as the first new age piano pieces even though they were first published in 1888. Titled “Jaune” (Yellow) and “Blu,” both arrangements are true to the spirit of Satie’s original idea of “furniture music.” The two-part “Hevene Quene”is a modern adaptation of a composition written in the 13th century (composer unknown). The introduction is orchestral with wordless vocals and the main part of the piece has lilting vocals sung in Middle English with strings, percussion and acoustic guitar - a moving closing to Disc 1.

Peter Xifaras has created an exciting and fascinating work of musical art with "Music That Tells a Story"! Highly recommended!
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Kim Maerkl

Beautiful, Poetic and Innovative
The music on this CD is beautiful, poetic, and innovative. I enjoyed the atmosphere and high quality production. A real joy!
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