October 10, 2013 - The Zephyrtine ballet is an audiophile’s delight. This orchestral spectacular with its extra large colorful percussion section was recorded with one binaural microphone from the conductor’s position and fed directly into an A/D converter. Both the converter and microphone were running on batteries for the purest sound possible. We believe it is our best sounding orchestral album to date. You will hear some of the best spatial imaging, dynamics, and tonality ever recorded of an orchestra.
Rui Massena conducts Portugal’s Fundação Orquestra Estúdio’s recording of David Chesky’s fantasy ballet for children. The Zephyrtine is a wonderful adventure that revolves around a little boy from Vermont, Ben, represented by the piccolo, who meets a magical creature, a Zephyrtine, represented by the French Horn and journeys to the enchanted land of Eudora. Eudora is a Utopian society where people are different colors: red, blue, green, and yellow! Vegetables are not grown (instead built in factories), ice cream grows on trees, and fish fly. When the Blue Princess is captured by Ib the monster, it is up to Ben to rescue her and save the kingdom. Families are taken on a thrilling colorful orchestral journey where children learn the importance of friendship and accepting cultural diversity.
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"The music for The Zephyrtine: A Ballet Story, is by turns atmospheric ("Ben's Farm in Vermont"), humorous ("Dance of the Chocolate Cows"), menacing ("Ib the Monster Comes Down from the Mountains") or triumphantly festive ("The Grand Celebration"). Intended for children but musically sophisticated, it tells an entertaining story that those who haven’t seen the ballet can follow in the whimsically illustrated CD booklet while reading the synopsis (or having it read to them). As a whole the score attractively blends Russian (including numerous Prokofiev-like episodes) and Latin influences (try the delightfully swaying "Chaya the Blue Princess") with Chesky’s personal style. A well danced, beautifully costumed production supplemented with imaginative scenery would no doubt be an enthralling spectacle for children and their parents and might also be more involving for those with shorter attention spans. Still, a child’s imagination is a powerful thing and, prompted by the plot, could easily provide sufficient 'background' for the music to take hold even without the theatrics."—Robert Schulslaper,Fanfare Magazine