In Chimera (pronunciation: ky-MEER-uh),
Michèle Sharik takes the listener on a journey from the Royal Courts
of Baroque London to Avant-Garde America, and all points in between.
In classical mythology, the chimera was a monster that had the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon or serpent, and like the mythical chimera, this album is comprised of various parts. The CD features varying styles of classical, modern, and traditional music played by solo handbells combined with instruments such as harp, organ, timpani, harpsichord, cello, vibraphone, piano, and string trio.
Figuratively, a chimera is a creation of the imagination, especially a wild creation. This work pushes the limits of solo handbells into styles and combinations that previously have not been attempted.
While the chimera is still an impossible dream, this Chimera puts to rest Michèle's no-longer-impossible dream of recording a full-length solo album.
|1.||Rondeau: The Prince of Denmark's March ("Trumpet Voluntary")|
|2.||Morning from Peer Gynt Suite, Op. 46, No. 1|
|3.||Meditation on Bach's First Piano Prelude ("Ave Maria")|
|4.||Bist Du Bei Mir from The Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, BWV508|
|5.||March: Seventeen Come Sunday from English Folk Song Suite|
|6.||La Paix from Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351|
|7.||La Rejouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351|
|8.||Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147|
|9.||Trumpet Tune from The Island Princess and Air from The Indian Queen|
|10.||Fantasy on 'Finlandia' ("Be Still My Soul")|
|11.||Gymnopédie No. 1 from Trois Gymnopédies|
|12.||To A Wild Rose from Woodland Sketches, Op. 51|