Internationally acclaimed, Panoramicos is a prize-winning mixed chamber ensemble whose innovative programs feature commissions and collaborations with composers from the worlds of theater, jazz, contemporary, classical and world music.
Griebling-Haigh – La Bergere des Brises de Vallee (flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, piano)
Griebling-Haigh – Hebert Variations (piccolo, piano)
Griebling-Haigh – Bocadillos Panoramicos (viola, piano)
Morgan – The Secret of the Golden Flower (alto flute, violins, cello, bass)
Schulhoff – Concertino (flute/piccolo, viola, bass)
“The musical microcosm of northeast Ohio is celebrated by this remarkable recording that offers original works by Cleveland and Youngstown composers in readings by Cleveland musicians. Three of the pieces are by gifted composer Margaret Griebling-Haigh who likes to fashion melodies from the letters in a performer’s name-something she did in portions of La Bergere des Brises de Vallee (The Shepherdess of Valley Breezes). Scored for flute/piccolo, oboe/English Horn and piano, this evocative, 10- minute piece speaks an often quite consonant, sometimes fairly dissonant musical language, conjuring images of a French hillside. The melodies are lovely, as is the interaction among flutist Mary Kay Robinson, oboist Danna Sundet, and pianist Randall Fusco.
Hebert Variations opens with six chords that are based on the letters in William Hebert’s last name. Commissioned by 16 flutists who had been strongly influenced by the longtime Cleveland Orchestra piccolo player, the 12-minute work for piccolo and piano consists of eight variations (one per decade of his life) on that very interesting chord progression. While I cannot claim to be an expert on the little instrument’s literature, I can say that this is the most enjoyable piccolo piece I’ve heard.
Bocadillos Panoramicos is a 24 minute, four movement work for viola and piano. Some mournful melodies are played with passion by violist Lynne Ramsey, and little ripples by pianist Kathryn Brown are meant to portray birds fluttering high in the pine trees.
David Morgan’s Secret of the Golden Flower, for the rich combination of alto flute and string quintet, is titled after an ancient treatise that sets forth the idea of “action in non-action” or, in the composer’s words, “letting psychic processes occur without interference from the consciousness.” As the work progresses, “various musical styles evocative of the Silk Road symbolize the migration of the Golden Flower treatise from Persia to China.” Listening to this eight-minute work is like taking a sonic bath, what with the extra-full and deep sound of Ms. Robinson’s alto flute and the extra depth added to the standard string quartet by double bass. The interplay between flute and strings is intricate, the harmonies and melodic ideas exquisite.
Jewish musician Erwin Schulhoff was born in Prague and died in a Bavarian concentration camp… like so many other gifted composers of whom the Nazis tried to remove all traces. Schulhoff was an experimenter who dabbled in many musical styles. Here, in his Concertino for flute/piccolo, viola, and double bass, he explores Russian Orthodox chant, Czech dance, Carpathian love song, Russian folk song, and so on. The four-movement, 16-minute piece is as beautiful and fascinating as the other works on this outstanding recording.”
— American Record Guide, Kilpatrick 200