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Saxophone Recital: Sacawa, Brian - GLASS, P. / HYLA, L. / SPANGLER, E. / THEOFANIDIS, C. / HURST, D. / MAKAN, K. / SACAW, B. (American Voices)

Saxophone Recital: Sacawa, Brian - GLASS, P. / HYLA, L. / SPANGLER, E. / THEOFANIDIS, C. / HURST, D. / MAKAN, K. / SACAW, B. (American Voices)

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2011


Artists:

Christopher Theofanidis

Soloist

Brian Sacawa

Soloist

Derek Hurst

Soloist

Erik Spangler

Soloist

Record Label
Innova

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 65:45
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Saxophone Recital: Sacawa, Brian - GLASS, P. / HYLA, L. / SPANGLER, E. / THEOFANIDIS, C. / HURST, D. / MAKAN, K. / SACAW, B. (American Voices)

     
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PHILIP GLASS

1 

Piece in the Shape of a Square

12:01
 Brian Sacawa Soloist
     
 

LEE HYLA

2 

Pre-Amnesia

2:18
 Brian Sacawa Soloist
     
 

ERIK SPANGLER

3 

Pastlife Laptops and Attic Instruments

13:49
 Erik Spangler Soloist
     
 

CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS

 

Netherland

 
4 I. A stream of pulses; labored, intense 6:09
 Christopher Theofanidis Soloist
     
5 II. Brutal; swirling, out of focus 5:05
 Christopher Theofanidis Soloist
     
 

DEREK HURST

6 

Bacchanalia Skiapodorum

9:09
 Derek Hurst Soloist
     
 

KEERIL MAKAN

7 

Voice Within Voice

8:55
 Brian Sacawa Soloist
     
 

BRIAN SACAWA

8 

The Low Quartet

8:19
 Brian Sacawa Soloist


It’s a tough proposition to get the saxophone beyond its historical cliches of the subway, club, and concert stage. If anyone can do it Brian Sacawa may be that man.

It takes technique, gumption, and some really hot music: "I’m looking for the kind of pieces that really warrant the violinist or cellist taking that hugely audible breath before they play something. The kind of stuff that makes you get goosebumps and want to scream, ’Yes!’"

Sacawa went looking for music that captures that brand of complex energy to create this album, and in doing so has clarified what defines him as a musician. To start, he has focused on getting his instrument out of the sand trap it often finds itself in by selecting work by living American composers who reach a broad audience base. He did so even if it meant - as it did in the cases of both the Philip Glass and the Michael Gordon works included on the disc - taking existing pieces scored for other instruments and arranging them for the saxophone himself. Together with the extraordinary works penned specifically for the instrument by Lee Hyla and Chris Theofanidis, Sacawa manages to stack his deck.

You can judge the emotional vibrancy of this collection of American Voices for yourself; just do the goosebump test. It is likely to turn out positive.

"Giving sax appeal to generations of American voices

New music should be grateful to have Brian Sacawa in its corner. Idiomatically speaking, the Maryland-based saxophonist is totally at home with the blunt edges and pulsing machines that generally typify post-minimalist composers, although the instrument’s great classical tradition reveals itself by way of Sacawa’s prodigious breath control and agile tone shading..."

Jed Distler - Gramophone


"American Voices is, without doubt, a CD you need. The performances by Mr. Sacawa are amazing and the music selected is equally so. This is music that every sax player you know needs to perform and that every music listener you know needs to hear.

Brian Sacawa has done a masterful job performing and selecting music that showcase his instrument in as many different ways as possible. Each piece is radically different than the one before it and equally different to the one that follows. All of them are played with an ease and virtuosity that almost defies logic. This is an excellent recording. Period."

Jay Batzner - Sequenza 21




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