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The Zappa Album / Ensemble Ambrosius


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 5013   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

10/10 Classicstoday.com The music of Frank Zappa played on baroque instruments? 'As if! Like...grody to the max!' Ensemble Ambrosius is a group that concentrates on contemporary music, using mostly baroque instruments. Their first step in tackling the music of Frank Zappa was to use the 'Stevie Vai' method - every note was first transcribed from the original songs, and then arranged for the ensemble. Then the work began! Retaining the rhythmicality and metric pulse of the music was paramount. The results are like totally, what-ever! This is the ONLY Zappa album ever recorded on baroque instruments. It is a MUST for all Zappa fans. 10/10 Classicstoday.com The music of Frank Zappa played on baroque instruments? 'As if! Like...grody to the max!' Ensemble Ambrosius is a group that concentrates on contemporary music, using mostly baroque instruments. Their first step in tackling the music of Frank Zappa was to use the 'Stevie Vai' method - every note was first transcribed from the original songs, and then arranged for the ensemble. Then the work began! Retaining the rhythmicality and metric pulse of the music was paramount. The results are like totally, what-ever! This is the ONLY Zappa album ever recorded on baroque instruments. It is a MUST for all Zappa fans. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. T'mershi Duween by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Ere Lievonen 
2. Igor's boogie by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Ere Lievonen 
3. Big Swifty by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Olli Virtaperko 
4. Echida's arf (of you) by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Ere Lievonen 
5. The Orange County Lumber Truck by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Olli Virtaperko 
6. Night School by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Ere Lievonen 
7. Sofa by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Olli Virtaperko 
8. Black Page no 2 by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1979; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Olli Virtaperko 
9. Uncle Meat by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Olli Virtaperko 
10. Zoot Allures by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Olli Virtaperko 
11. Alien Orifice by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Olli Virtaperko 
12. The Idiot Bastard Son by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Olli Virtaperko 
13. RDNZL by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Olli Virtaperko 
14. Inca Roads by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Olli Virtaperko 
15. G-Spot Tornado by Frank Zappa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ambrosius
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1986; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  TAVI Studios, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Ere Lievonen 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Zappa music played by Finnish Baroque Ensemble December 19, 2013 By Frances A Smith (Inglewood, CA) See All My Reviews "I first came across this disc a few years ago and it is a testament to musicians who love Frank's compositions regardless of instrumentation. Zappa's more notable pieces not only hold up well being played by a baroque ensemble, but absolutely shine when you can tell the players are having a blast playing them. The instrumentation here also includes Finnish fiddles, and something that sound like a balalaika. The "Idiot Bastard Son" from we're "Only in it for the Money" wasn't that familiar to me. What originally sounded like an rough sounding rock song becomes a beautiful full blown Art Song in these players hand-Amazing! I could not think of a better introduction for people not familiar with Frank's work in the Classical realm. I actually had the pleasure of working with Frank when I worked for a short while at The Record Plant in LA in the mid 70's, my older brother Rick worked with Frank quite extensively during that period and became a close friend. The world is still just now discovering what a truly great composer Frank was." Report Abuse
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