Anthology of Fantastic Zoology
Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Nominated for the 2017 Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition
“recalls the conclusion of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, but on a meth high.” – Chicago Tribune
The musical realization of Jorge Luis Borges’ book of the same name, Anthology is a kind of psychedelic Carnival of the Animals, presented in eleven interlocking movements (a sprawling form inspired by French and Russian ballet scores). In between evocations of creatures familiar (sprite, nymph) and unknown (an animal that is an island), brief “forest interludes” take us deeper into the night, and deeper into the forest itself.