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Visions: The Complete Works of Rhapsodies and Fantasias
Constantine Caravassilis
2012 Centrediscs / Centredisques
CMCCD 18613

$13.98




ABOUT THIS CD

Intense and hypnotic soundscapes, charged with emotion and energy in a profoundly individual style – Constantine Caravassilis’ complete books of Rhapsodies and Fantasias could find no better interpreter than piano virtuoso Christina Petrowska Quilico, one of Canada's finest exponents of new music. Caravassilis’ diverse compositions draw inspiration from ancient Greek mythology and Byzantine music, while also reflecting his strong affinity for classical music ranging from the baroque to impressionism.

"This entirely made-in-Toronto album offers 112 minutes of timeless-sounding new music for solo piano that offers something for many different kinds of listeners. Not only has composer Constantine Caravassilis — currently working on his PhD at University of Toronto — written some great pieces, but pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico has brought each to life with a compelling force. There are two CDs in Visions, each containing five pieces. One is a set of Rhapsodies that best showcase the composer’s multi-layered imagination. The other disc contains five Fantasias that range more freely over the emotional landscape and have less clearly defined shapes. All of the pieces are tonal, but the combinations of intertwined melody, dialogue and harmony are Caravassilis’ own. The pieces are confidently pianistic, allowing Quilico to approach every phrase — whether fantastically extroverted or contemplative — with impeccable pacing and elegant verve. Both the music and the interpretations impress more with each listen. Favourite track: “Shadow Variations on a theme by Alan Hovhanness” shows off both composer and pianist as masters of their craft." - John Terauds, The Toronto Star.



WORKS/TRACKS

Disc 1: The Book of Rhapsodies/les Livres des Rhapsodies
1. Postcard from Smyrna 9:56
2. ...to a Galliform Marionette 5:49
3. Visitations 11:23
4. Shadow Variations on a theme by Alan Hovhaness 27:24
5. Pandora's Jar 10:23
Disc 2: The Book of Fantasias/ les Livrs des Fantaisies
1. Soul Ascending 6:03
2. Fantasia on the Dies Irae 11:40
3. View from Pluto 7:59
4. Fantasia on the Rising Sun 13:04
5. Lumen de Lumine 9:35


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