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Saxophone Recital: McChrystal, Gerard - HANDEL, G.F. / NYMAN, M. / MCGLYNN, M. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / GLASS, P. / SCOTT, A. / BOZZA, E. (Aria)

Saxophone Recital: McChrystal, Gerard - HANDEL, G.F. / NYMAN, M. / MCGLYNN, M. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / GLASS, P. / SCOTT, A. / BOZZA, E. (Aria)

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Nic Pendlebury

Conductor

Donal Doherty

Conductor

Gerard McChrystal

Soloist

Craig Ogden

Soloist

Lemn Sissay

Soloist

Shiroma de Silva

Soloist

Karen Tanaka

Soloist

Codetta

Choral

Smith Quartet

Chamber

Trinity Laban String Ensemble

Chamber

Record Label
First Hand Records

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 73:33
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Saxophone Recital: McChrystal, Gerard - HANDEL, G.F. / NYMAN, M. / MCGLYNN, M. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / GLASS, P. / SCOTT, A. / BOZZA, E. (Aria)

     
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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

1 

Concerto Grosso in B-Flat Major, Op. 3, No. 2, HWV 313 (arr. G. McChrystal)

03:51
 Nic Pendlebury Conductor
     
 

MICHAEL NYMAN

2 

The Diary of Anne Frank (arr. I. Humphries)

03:46
     
 

MICHAEL MCGLYNN

3 

Behind the Closed Eye

03:43
 Donal Doherty Conductor
     
 

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS

4 

Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 (arr. G. McChrystal)

05:00
 Craig Ogden Soloist
     
 

PHILIP GLASS

5 

Glassworks

06:57
 Nic Pendlebury Conductor
     
 

ANDY SCOTT

6 

My Mountain Top (version for soprano saxophone)

08:27
 Lemn Sissay Soloist
     
 

EUGENE BOZZA

7 

Aria

03:36
 Shiroma de Silva Soloist
     
 

BILLY COWIE

8 

8 Romances

03:07
 Nic Pendlebury Conductor
     
 

MICHAEL MCGLYNN

9 

Behind the Closed Eye

04:07
 Donal Doherty Conductor
     
 

GABRIEL FAURE

10 

Les berceaux, Op. 23, No. 1 (arr. G. McChrystal)

02:47
 Shiroma de Silva Soloist
     
 

BILLY COWIE

11 

8 Romances

03:51
 Nic Pendlebury Conductor
     
 

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

12 

Syrinx (arr. J.M. Londeix)

02:50
     
 

MAURICE RAVEL

13 

Piece en forme de habanera (arr. G. McChrystal)

02:59
     
 

KAREN TANAKA

14 

Night Bird

08:16
 Karen Tanaka Soloist
     
 

MICHAEL NYMAN

15 

The Diary of Anne Frank (arr. I. Humphries)

03:18
     
 

BILLY COWIE

16 

8 Romances

03:54
 Nic Pendlebury Conductor
     
 

MICHAEL MCGLYNN

17 

From Nowhere to Nowhere

03:04
     
 Gerard McChrystal Soloist


 This brilliantly devised album from Gerard McChrystal is a deeply personal one; at times mystical, the music is always beautiful and captivating. Indeed ’Aria’ has similar qualities to Jan Gabarek’s ’Officium’ (which sold 1.4 million copies) and will appeal to this fan-base. Featuring soprano and alto saxophone with a colourful array of different ensemble accompaniments — string orchestra, choir, guitar, piano, solo, string quartet and electronics. Baroque music blends seamlessly with contemporary; Handel resolves into Michael Nyman, Debussy’s Syrinx morphs into Ravel’s Piece en forme de habanera. All the tracks lead to the next by key or by starting and ending on the same note. Other works include Philip Glass Façades, Faure Les Berceaux, Bozza Aria, as well as original works by Billy Cowie, Karen Tanaka, Andy Scott and Michael McGlynn (from the vocal group Anúna who featured in Riverdance). Accompanying Gerard on this album are some of the UK’s finest classical musicians including the Smith Quartet and the No. 1 best-selling classical artist, guitarist Craig Ogden. Gerard McChrystal is a multi-award winning saxophonist who has performed as a soloist in over 30 countries with many of the World’s leading orchestras and ensembles.

 

“...a delightful collection of lyrical and melodious compositions… McChrystal’s mastery as a saxophonist, as well as his mastery as a musician, allows the music on this CD to shine brilliantly, and with great emotional feeling, providing purpose and significance to the simplest of melodies" 

 
Saxophone Journal

 “Derry-born saxophonist Gerard McChrystal excels in these mainly slow, reflective pieces…”    ****

 
BBC Music Magazine 


           ****

The Independent


“McChrystal has an enviably full and warm soprano saxophone tone, and his intonation is as secure as his gift for melodic phrasing is unfailing.”

 
Gramophone Magazine
 

"This is a superb programme… the sheer brilliance of the playing will keep one enthralled… Highly recommended” 

 
Fanfare Magazine

 “The magnificently sustained tone of the soloist, Gerard McChrystal was a treat…” 

 
American Record Guide
 

 Named as one of the best albums of 2011 and ‘Connoisseurs Choice’

 Classic FM Radio




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