The Gift of Music
CPMF's inspiring and entertaining Klassics 4 Kids CD is a favorite as well as Stephanie's Late Dates with Mozart CD that was produced by the MSR Classics label. Her tour-de-force is also available . . .Johannes Brahms: The Violin Sonatas with pianist James Winn. Check out for purchase Steph's Going Solo: Unaccompanied Works for Violin & Viola as well as her CD with the Argenta Trio, The Piano Trios of Felix Mendessohn.
All CDs are priced at $15.
If you are looking to find that one-of-a-kind musically-themed gift for a friend or loved one, keep an eye out this summer for our offerings of beautifully designed notecards and posters you won't find anywhere else except at our festival.
LATEST RELEASE on MSR Classics label
Soaring Solo: Unaccompanied Works II for Violin & Viola
Stephanie writes: “Soaring effortlessly high above the clouds. That’s the sensation I enjoy when I am in the perfect performance zone.... When I decided to record a second CD of solo pieces for violin and viola, Soaring Solo was the title that came ‘out of the blue’ and drifted into my consciousness. And like Going Solo, I wanted to seed these clouds with some of my favorites from the Baroque period along with a few lesser known, rarely recorded gems and, finally, to include treasures written by living composers. Enjoy your own flight on the wings of these exceptional composers and their inspiring compositions.”
The composers of these virtuoso pieces span over 300 years of classical music repertoire from the mid-17th century to three living composers, some of whom are still composing well into the 21st century. There are two world-premiere selections and the composers represented hail from eight different geographical areas of the globe.
Bacewicz: Kaprys Polski for solo violin
Telemann: Fantasie No. 10 in D, Presto
On MSR Classics label
Johannes Brahms: The Violin Sonatas
Stephanie joins her colleague James Winn in this passionate recording of Brahms' celebrated complete works for piano and violin. These three masterpieces written during the peak of his artistic maturity are proceeded by Brahms' Scherzo in C minor, an energetic and romantic gem from his youth written for Joseph Joachim in 1853.
Steph's Solo CD
Going Solo: Unaccompanied Works for Violin & Viola
Spanning three centuries of solo repertoire from the Baroque period to the 21st century, Going Solo is a virtuoso musical journey by Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio that will delight the classical music enthusiast as well as the novice listener.
And her CD with The Argenta Trio is available on Bridge Records!
The Piano Trios of Felix Mendelssohn
Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, violin, Dmitri Atapine, cello and James Winn, piano make up the Argenta Trio. From their first concert together, their chemistry was immediate and palpable. After standing ovation performances of Mendelssohn's C Minor Trio, it was apparent that their artistry and Mendelssohn's genius deserved to be captured on CD. The Argenta Trio members are excited to embark on their musical journey together with this recording of the piano trios of Felix Mendelssohn.
A sample of Mendelssohn magic! "Song Without Words"
THIS IS our much enjoyed CD which introduces children to the different families of instruments with 4 captivating works.
Listen to these snippets.
Klassics 4 Kids
4 captivating and enchanting pieces that introduce children to the different families
of the classical instruments.
The Day It Snowed Tortillas by Alice Gomez is the retelling of a Mexican folktale with brass, percussion and narrator bringing to life an unusual event in the day of a small village south of the border. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by James Scott Balentine is a string quintet that through narrator Timothy Jones tells anew this favorite tale of children. Our third story is based on Aesop’s fable The Golden Ax. With Timothy Jones singing the part of an honest woodsman and also his not so honest brother, and Susan Lorette Dunn as the water nymph who will get at the truth from her watery home, The Golden Ax is a classic of storytelling with music by David Heuser and a libretto by Gary Albright. The CD finishes with the lyrical A Lullaby for Two based on Johannes Brahms beautiful and emotional slow movement of his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. It is sung with a mother’s poignant love by soprano CPMF favorite Mary Bonhag.
CD length: 64:35
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Day It Snowed Tortillas
Aesop's The Golden Ax
A Lullaby for Two
Late Dates with Mozart
Performed with pianist James Winn and recorded by grammy-nominated sound engineer David v.R. Bowles, Stephanie and Jim capture the pathos and excitement of these three compelling late Mozart sonatas. In period-authentic classical style, these interpretations are unlike any on the market today.
Sonata in B-flat major, K. 454
Sonata in E-flat major, K. 481
Sonata in A major, K .526
CD length: 68:02
The following CDs are available through our page on the CD Baby website at $.99 per track or $9.99 for the digital album. Use the "purchase" links below.
Souvenir de San Antonio
Buy this CD by Stephanie and pianist Jeffrey Sykes showcasing some of the great compositions of Mexican and American composers: Rodolfo Halffter, Pastorale • Paul Schoenfield, Four Souvenirs • Amy Cheney Beach, Three Pieces • Manuel María Ponce, Sonata Breve • José Sabre Marroquín, Très Piezas • Kevin Matthew Puts, Aria (2000) • Lukas Foss, Three American Pieces • Manuel María Ponce, arr. Heifetz, Estrellita • George Gershwin, arr. Heifetz, It Ain’t Necessarily So
CD length: 71:30
It Ain't Necessarily So
A Passion for Baroque
Audiences have clamored for a baroque collection season after season. Stephanie spent days culling through the great performances of the past nine festivals—and as difficult as it was to pare choices down to 73 minutes of music, she put together a magnificent collection. Performed by renowned chamber musicians from the U.S. and abroad that festival audiences have come to expect from Cactus Pear, this compilation is one of beauty, inspired works of art and sensuous music-making. And don't miss the very funny introduction to the Gottfried Finger masterpiece, the trumpet sonata. It's a gem and one-of-a-kind.
CD length: 73:59
LIVE from the First Five
DIGITAL DOWNLOADS ONLY of tracks from this DOUBLE CD or call 800-289-6923 for credit/debit card purchases.
Our home page audio clip is a preview of Brahms' gorgeous String Sextet.
Includes: Brahms • String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36;
Mozart • Flute Quartet in A, K. 298;
Corelli • Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 5;
Schubert • Aufenthalt from Schwanengesang;
Debussy • Sonata for cello and piano (1915);
Schoenfield • Café Music;
Martinu • La Revue de Cuisine;
J.S. Balentine, arr. • Ride on, King Jesus;
D. Bermel • Dog and Spider Love;
Bartók • Contrasts;
Takemitsu • Moby Dick from Towards the Sea;
Piazzolla • Bordel 1900 from L’Histoire du Tango;
Lara arr. by M. Ramos, R. Hayman, G. Gloege;
Granada, Fantasia Española
CD length: 144:00