Alla Zingarese, Civitas Ensemble (2-CD)
Record Label: Cedille Records
Release Date: August 17, 2018
"A trip through musical history . . . and a venture into new musical territory with surprises aplenty." — Chicago on the Aisle
The Civitas Ensemble, an enterprising chamber group founded by Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians, teams up with Czech violin virtuoso Pavel Sporcl and 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 Czech composer Lukas Sommer. Years in the planning, this project is the outgrowth of the enduring friendship between Sporcl and Civitas violinist Yuan-Qing Yu dating back to their student days.
This album marks Civitas Ensemble’s recording debut and the Cedille Records debut for Gipsy Way. All the arrangements and Sommer's two original compositions are world-premiere recordings.