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The music of American composer George Tsontakis has been performed and broadcast by major orchestras and chamber ensembles and at festivals throughout North and South America, Europe and Japan. A number of his works have been nominated for Grammy® Awards. This new recording presents three of his recent additions to the concerto repertoire, with two of them (for clarinet and trumpet) commissioned by the Albany Symphony. Tsontakis was the orchestra's composer-in-residence from 2007 to 2012. David Alan Miller has been the orchestra's music director since 1992.

TSONTAKIS, G.: Anasa / True Colors / Unforgettable
8.559826
George TSONTAKIS (b. 1951)
Anasa1
True Colors2 • Unforgettable3

David Krakauer, Clarinet1 • Eric Berlin, Trumpet2
Eunice Kim3 and Luosha Fang3, Violins
Albany Symphony
David Alan Miller

Over the last few years American composer George Tsontakis, winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, has crafted three distinctive and exciting additions to the contemporary concerto repertoire. Anasa, for clarinet and orchestra, combines elements of the Klezmer tradition with dance themes inspired by the lyra and lauto, traditional Cretan instruments. In True Colors the trumpet journeys in harmonically vivid, jazz-tinged directions, while Unforgettable balances the meditative with the playful, moving from ballad to phantasmagoria in a double concerto of drama and drive.

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III. Bir-Zirk!


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