Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio & Jeffrey Sykes | Souvenir de San Antonio

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Souvenir de San Antonio

by Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio & Jeffrey Sykes

Evocative and virtuosic performances by Sant'Ambrogio on violin and Sykes on piano bring this collection of 20th Century Mexican and American works to life: excitement and romance abound.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Halffter, Pastorale, Op. 18
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2. Schoenfield, Four Souvenirs/Samba
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3. Tango
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4. Tin Pan Alley
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5. Square Dance
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6. Beach, Invocation, Op. 55
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7. Mazurka, Op. 40, No. 3
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8. Romance
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9. Ponce, Sonata Breve/Allegretto mosso
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10. Adagio
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11. Allegro all spagnuola
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12. Marroquin, De Mi Patria
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13. Anoranza
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14. Nostalgia
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15. Puts, Air (2000)
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16. Foss, Three American Pieces/Early Song (1944)
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17. Dedication (1944)
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18. Composer's Holiday (1945)
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19. Ponce, arr. Heifetz '¢ Estrellita
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20. Gershwin, arr. Heifetz, It Ain't Necessarily So
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This compilation of 20th Century Mexican and American music is an exciting pairing of composers not often heard together. Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, violinist for the Reno-based Argenta Trio and Artistic Director of the Cactus Pear Music Festival, and pianist Jeffrey Sykes, who is an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, bring this interplay of musical cultures to vivid life. You will hear classic favorites like Gershwin's It Ain't Necessarily So and Ponce's famous Estrellita and at the same time be introduced to incredibly virtuosic gems such as Paul Schoenfield's Four Souvenirs and Rudolfo Hallfter's Pastorale. With the romantic melodies of songs by Amy Beach and Marroquin, and the contemplative sigh of Kevin Puts' Air, this CD takes the listener on a musical journey of emotions. Don't miss the ride!

Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, violin, formerly Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony and First Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Cleveland Orchestra. Praised as an "expressive and passionate chamber musician", she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and in the countries of Estonia, Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru and Mexico. She made her solo debut with the St.Louis Symphony Orchestra in September 2003.

Jeffrey Sykes, piano, is Artistic Co-Director of Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Music Director of Opera for the Young, and a founding member of the Painted Sky Music Festival. He is acclaimed as "a commanding solo player, the most supportive of accompanists, and a leader in chamber music." Recently completing his tenth CD, he is in great demand as a chamber musician and has concertized throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Western Europe. Dr. Sykes received awards to study in Austria and Germany and received his DMA in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Stephanie and Jeffrey have collaborated in making music for over a decade. This is their first studio recording together.


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Aaron Eagan

cool
This music can't be found anywhere else. I was ecstatic when I came across this CD. The recording was very professional.
good job!

Gary Meyer

Passionate Playing
Two aspects of Sant\'Ambrogio\'s violinism stand out: tone and emotion. Her sound is always brilliant but never sharp or metallic -- full, rich, and well-rounded throughout the instrument\'s entire range. It\'s my ideal of what a violin should sound like. Her style is unabashedly romantic, joyous, passionate. The great pleasure and fulfillment she must find in music and in sound itself can be heard in every note. Sheer delight.

Joe Russo

Veddy Nice
Thoroughly enjoyed this CD. Thank you again for being such wonderful artists and neighbors. The Russo\'s.