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Times & Spaces

Album Summary

>Glass, Philip : Saxophone Quartet, for 4 saxophones
>Itoh, Takuma : Echolocation, for saxophone quartet
>Petersen, Roger : Chasing the Silence, for saxophone quartet
>MacDonald, David : Falling Up the Down Escalator, for saxophone quartet
>Petersen, Roger : In Dreams, for saxophone ensemble
>Webber, Jonny [Drums] : Improvisation for percussion
>Mackey, John : Strange Humors, for saxophone quartet
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The award-winning h2 quartet's second recording, Times & Spaces, features contemporary saxophone music by American composers Philip Glass, Takuma Itoh, David MacDonald, John Mackey, and Roger Petersen. While the exciting Saxophone Quartet by Philip Glass takes center stage, the album boasts a cohesive group of established and emerging composers who embody the honest spirit and rich eclecticism of American music. The h2 quartet generates clear, beautiful melodies, delivers powerful rhythms, and breezes through the complexities of the works presented here, establishing themselves as an elite chamber ensemble. With this effort, the h2 quartet, hailed by the American Record Guide as "an ensemble to watch for years to come," both acknowledges their musical roots and looks ahead to the future, which seems bright indeed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (10/24/2009-10/25/2009).



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Works Details

>Glass, Philip : Saxophone Quartet, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1995

>Itoh, Takuma : Echolocation, for saxophone quartet
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Petersen, Roger : Chasing the Silence, for saxophone quartet
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Written: 2009

>MacDonald, David : Falling Up the Down Escalator, for saxophone quartet
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2009

>Petersen, Roger : In Dreams, for saxophone ensemble
  • Performers: James Forger (Saxophone); Joseph Lulloff (Saxophone); John Nichol (Saxophone); Thomas Rosenberg (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Kevin Sedatole
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Written: 2005-2008

>Webber, Jonny [Drums] : Improvisation for percussion
  • Performer: Jonny Webber (Percussion)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.

>Mackey, John : Strange Humors, for saxophone quartet
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary