Part of a major series of recordings of works by Augusta Read Thomas being released by Nimbus Records, this CD originates from a concert by musicians of the University of Illinois, which took place on December 9th 2014 in celebration of Thomas' 50th birthday. The works of Thomas gathered here cover a relatively short span in this composer's chronology just 13 years from the earliest work (Bells Ring Summer, from 2000) to the most recent (the song Twilight Butterfly, from 2013).
The present collection of Augusta Read Thomas's works spans 18 years, from 1999 to 2017. It juxtaposes the two sides of Thomas that we've already encountered in previous volumes, the large-scale thinker in the cello concerto Ritual Incantations, the piano trio Klee Musings and the recent string quartet Chi, and the miniaturist in the six other works which on this disc act as satellites to the above-mentioned three larger works. Two sides that, paradoxically, seem to share more similarities than differences. Common to all the works collected here are the sunny, free-wheeling lyricism, luminosity, sense of colour, spontaneity, caprice, playfulness and spirituality which have long been ineradicable characteristics of her nuanced music, all tied up with an irrepressible energy and a sense of irreducible concision no matter how expansive the time frame, of taking all the time in the world to say everything that needs to be said in any given piece, but not a second more than that!
Pablo Cruise achieved some measure of success during the latter part of the '70s with their mellow, easygoing California pop. The band was formed in 1973 by former members of Stoneground and It's a Beautiful Day: guitarist Dave Jenkins, keyboardist Cory Lerios, bassist Bud Cockrell, and drummer Steve Price…
Henri Seroka, born in Brussels and from Polish origin, started his musical career at a very early age. He is not only a very known composer but sings just as eassily in quite a lot of different languages. He composed various songs for children, like the world gamous theme for the "Smurfs"-cartoon. Seroka is a multi-talented composer. He composed musical themes for advertising campaigns and music for films and TV-productions. Ralph Benatar was in born in Lubumbashi, Zaire. He studied piano at the Royal Music Academy in Brussels. His musical career started with composing and arranging for various rock groups. He wrote the original music for the "Spirou & Fantasio"-cartoon (Robbedoes) and arranges film music for Henri Seroka. In the eighties Ralph Benatar was based in Los Angeles where he produced albums for well-known artists, such as Billy Preston, De Barge and Viktor Laszlo.