extravagant and exquisitely eloquent...
Gypsy Dances: Part 1: Zingaro!
This lilting track features several musical interludes dancing around a gypsy violin melody, fits in well with the title and evokes imagery of fireside dances in a festive, lively presentation.
Gypsy Dances: Part 2: Deska-Valeska
While following the general theme of Part 1, this moves more into classical feelings with the piano accompaniment yet with 2/4 phrasing and solemn stanzas that cut the tempo in half, this movement tells the story of anticipation and reflection, of exhilaration and resolve.
One can feel the influence of Asia and India in the even tempo and chordal voicings. There is a calming openness and \'floating on a stream\' feeling as the violin sings to the beat of a gentle river current.
Almost ready for the country dance, this song puts a focus on \'boogie\' while it also emits the ragtime feeling of the country saloon. The violin melody and harmony lines are full of vibrant life and cheerful inflection.
Lachryma Montis (Tear of the Mountain)
The first vocal track, this ballad showcases the voice and violin in two-part verses, and the piano and the violin in synchronized bridges and lead breaks. A sad story to tell, the gentle mood reaches into your compassion for the crying mountain.
Well, the title brought me to attempt to envision frogs - er, well - singing... I failed to match that vision with this lively tune. But I do hear the sound of them jumping and flopping around the pad (pun intended). Especially in the totally unexpected percussive bridge. Fun, light and inspired - frogs need their own song too!
3/4 is always one of those timings that puts me in the mood for a quartet - and in this delightful song, I can see children dancing in a courtyard party, donned in fancy Elizabethan attire and young men in knickers. Either near the castle, the commons or the campsite - I see secret smiles dressed up with bows and curtsies.
Spirit of the Dove
The violin and piano capture the emotions of tranquility and contentment. As we hear the music, it is possible to close ones eyes and imagine peace.
Suite: Souvenirs of the Season Part 1: Late Summer at Jonata
Suite: Souvenirs of the Season Part 2: Lilies in the Fall
Suite: Souvenirs of the Season Part 3: El Nino (Winter)
Suite: Souvenirs of the Season Part 4: Calaveras Spring
I listened to all of these in sequence before trying to draw a picture from the presentation. If you can imagine the smell of late summer, leaves of all colors and sunsets that paint mirage pictures of landscapes in the clouds, you can also feel the sorrow of summer\'s passing as it is tinged with anticipation for the full harvest. The last flowers of the season try in vain to hold onto life, but the winds of coming winter and the cold it brings are too much for just about every bloom. The last few pedals and leaves give way and the winds bring rain, they bring snow, they bring people and animals closer together around the home and burrow. As the snow flurries turn into blizzards, we can stay oblivious to the cold and yet miss the beauty of the white wilderness or the midnight thunderstorm. It seems that almost as soon as we\'ve settled in to our patterns of life in the cold season, those rainstorms finally penetrate the thawing soil and awakens the life below it. The flowers and trees return to their fullness and color, the people and animals come out of their protective abodes to dance and sing in the warm rays of the summer sun that trickle through the blooming canopy of life overhead.
Short and apt to the title theme, this piece seems to hint of a journey or a return from one - before we know much, the Wayfaring Stranger, who just might also be The Messenger, has come and gone. We can feel the warmth left behind on our cheek by the touch of the violin and piano collages, we are happier for the experience and are edified by the message that we were fortunate to receive from The Messenger before she went on her way into the sunrise.
This CD is extravagant and exquisitely eloquent.