John Corligliano is a stylistic polyglot who draws freely on the music of the past. No matter what period or method this composer taps into, however, his own unique voice always comes through. Already widely acclaimed and respected, Corigliano won many new admirers with his Oscar-winning soundtrack to the film The Red Violin. This follow-up recording features four musical fantasies, offering a much broader picture of his talents. Fancy on a Bach Air takes the baroque master's solo cello suites as inspiration. Meditative and austere yet intensely lyrical, this brief soliloquy sounds at times like a Bach sarabande in slow motion, and Yo-Yo Ma makes the most of its ecstatic serenity. Fantasia on an Ostinato (1985) is Corigliano's answer to the minimalists. Using the starkly repetitive theme from the slow movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony as his starting point, Corigliano breaks the tune apart and puts it together in new ways. The result is dark, dramatic, and strangely moving, especially in this atmospheric performance by pianist Emanuel Ax. James Tocco is perhaps even more impressive in the Etude Fantasy (1976), a five-movement piano solo whose dissonant language might scare some listeners off, although the expressive force and dazzling display of the music are both immediate and compelling. In Phantasmagoria (1993), for cello and piano, Corigliano exploits his own past, taking ideas from his opera The Ghosts of Versailles (1991). Haunted, hovering phrases surround a wild, tongue-in-cheek pastiche of Mozart and Rossini, complete with recognizable quotations. Cellists with the chops to play it will likely find it a winning addition to their repertory. Needless to say, Ma and Ax play it for all it's worth.