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16 July 2024
Elia Cmiral: Two Suites for Pan Flute and Orchestra
 

Gheorghe Zamfir (pan flute)
Czech Sinfonietta
Radek Baborák (conductor)

The pan flute holds a significant place in Romanian folk music, with Gheorghe Zamfir pioneering flute techniques in the '80s, elevating it to a concert level worldwide. In the hands of Zamfir, the pan flute becomes an instrument equal to traditional orchestral instruments, offering endless expressive colours and technical capabilities for playing modern music.

Surprisingly, there is a lack of large original compositions for the pan flute. Therefore, writing two original compositions for this instrument and a modern orchestra is a revolutionary and groundbreaking project, providing justice to the pan flute and offering future players a challenging musical and technical work.

Elia Cmiral is best known for his film scores, notably Ronin where he revolutionary introduced an Armenian instrument duduk, as a lead instrument in the symphonic, epic score. Cmiral musical style combines contemporary electronica with the modern orchestra, joining cutting edge technology and production with evocative and haunting melodic themes.

Gheorghe Zamfir met composer Elia Cmiral whilst collaborating on a short film for which he composed the score. Gheorghe played solo on a few tracks.

During this period, their connection deepened, with a shared appreciation for musical aesthetics and a mutual love for emotionally resonant melodies. Their joint understanding continued after the completion of the film, evolving into a cross-continental friendship — Cmiral in Los Angeles, US, and Zamfir in Bucharest, Romania.

£11.16
WHR092CD

Elia Cmiral: Six Stories from an Enchanted Garden

I. Meeting Chloe

II. Garden's Seclusions

III. Hidden Lagoon

IV. Walk in the Garden

V. Tiny Pieces of Memories

VI. Don't Say Goodbye

Elia Cmiral: Sinfonia Concertante for pan flute and orchestra

I. Allegro

II. Andante

III. Scherzo

IV. Largo

V. Allegro maestoso

Composed and Produced by Elia Cmiral Executive Producer: John Aglialoro Album Producers: Elia Cmiral & Mark Hartt-Palmer Orchestrations: Elia Cmiral, Zuzana Michlerová and David Federman Music Preparation: Dominik Svoboda Recorded in Sono Recording Studios, Prague, Czech Republic on 1st-4th December 2021 Recording Engineering: Pavel Karlik & Adam Karlík
Studio Manager: Karolína Karlíková
Booth Reader: Sylvia Stejskalová
Contractor: Kateřina Klimánková
Pan Flute recorded in Midi Sounds Studio, Bucharest, Romania
Recording Engineering: Andrei Kerestely
Mixing: Jim T. Hill at Hill Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA
Mastering: Mark Hartt-Palmer
Composer's Assistants: Orlando Perez Rosso, Lucas Fehring & Santiago Amezquita
Album Art & Design: Madla Hruza
Booklet Design: Willowhayne Records
Total Time: 64.03
Release Date: May 2024

Gheorghe Zamfir (pan flute)Gheorghe Zamfir is a pioneer and virtuoso in pan flute playing, an instrument with a historical lineage dating back some 3,000 years. Zamfir has elevated the technique to the highest possible level, earning global recognition as a world-renowned artist with over a hundred gold and platinum records and countless concerts worldwide.

WHR092     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690537

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