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Alla Zingarese / Sporcl, Sommer, Gipsy Way, Civitas


Release Date: 08/17/2018 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 179  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsGeorges BoulangerJenö HubayPablo de Sarasate,   ... 
Performer:  LukᚠSommerPavel Šporcl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way EnsembleCivitas Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Civitas Ensemble, an enterprising chamber group founded by Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians, teams up with Czech violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl and his wildly popular Gipsy Way Ensemble for a groundbreaking collaboration at the crossroads of Western classical and Romani musical traditions. Alla Zingarese (“in the Gypsy way”) embraces the past with new arrangements of well-loved, Gypsy-infused works by Brahms, Enescu, Hubay, and Sarasate, while celebrating the present with new music by noted Czech composer LukᚠSommer, written for the combined forces of Civitas’s violin, clarinet, cello, and piano and Gipsy Way’s violin, viola, string bass, and cymbalom (hammered dulcimer), plus a Sommer piece dedicated exclusively to Civitas. Read more All the arrangements and Sommer’s two original compositions are world-premiere recordings. Highlights include Šporcl’s new version of his own Gipsy Fire, the title track from an earlier, best-selling Gipsy Way album. Alla Zingarese marks the Civitas Ensemble’s recording debut and the Cedille label debut for Gipsy Way. Years in the planning, the project is the outgrowth of the enduring friendship between Šporcl and Civitas violinist Yuan-Qing Yu dating back to their student days. Civitas and Gipsy Way recorded the album after premiering the program at packed concert halls in Prague and Chicago. The Chicago Tribune found it “unique” and “exhilarating.” Chicago on the Aisle called it “a trip through musical history . . . and a venture into new musical territory with surprises aplenty.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  LukᚠSommer (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble,  Civitas Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
2.
Sérenéde tzigane by Georges Boulanger
Performer:  LukᚠSommer (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble,  Civitas Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Romania 
3.
Scčnes de la Csárda no 5, Op. 33 "Hullámzó Balaton" by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  LukᚠSommer (Guitar), Pavel Šporcl (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble,  Civitas Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1887; Hungary 
4.
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  LukᚠSommer (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble,  Civitas Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
5.
Gipsy Odyssey by LukᚠSommer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble,  Civitas Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Czech Republic 
6.
Gipsy Fire, for violin & ensemble by Pavel Šporcl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble,  Civitas Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
7.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 4th movement, Finale "Rondo alla Zingarese" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  LukᚠSommer (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble,  Civitas Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1861; Germany 
8.
Dza more by Sylvie Bodorová
Performer:  Pavel Šporcl (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
9.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
10.
Cigi-Civi by LukᚠSommer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble
11.
Pereg recruiting Dance, Op. 40 by Leó Weiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Hungary 
12.
Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Piano, Op. 68 by David Popper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894 
13.
Romanian Rhapsody no 1 in A major, Op. 11 no 1 by George Enescu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gipsy Way Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Romania 

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