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Glint

> Escape Wisconsin - Escape Wisconsin
> Jellyfish - Jellyfish
> As Biddeth Thy Tongue - As Biddeth Thy Tongue
> Duo Sonata - I. Departure
> Duo Sonata - II. Elegy
> Duo Sonata - III. Scherzo
> Duo Sonata - IV. Arrival (Blues)
> The Alex Set - Alex I
> The Alex Set - Interlude I
> The Alex Set - Alex II
> The Alex Set - Interlude II
> The Alex Set - Alex III
> Glint - Glint
> Opcit (version for saxophone) - I. —
> Opcit (version for saxophone) - II. —
> Opcit (version for saxophone) - III. —
> Opcit (version for saxophone) - IV. —
> Rise - Rise

Album Summary

>Burhans, Caleb : Escape Wisconsin, for saxophone
>Kuster, Kristin : Jellyfish, for saxophone
>Agocs, Kati : As Biddeth Thy Tongue, for saxophone
>Wanamaker, Gregory : Duo Sonata, for clarinet & saxophone
>Asia, Daniel : The Alex Set, for solo oboe
>Etezady, Roshanne : Glint, for clarinet & saxophone
>Hurel, Philippe : Opcit
>Terry, Peter : Rise, for saxophone & piano
Performers Composers


Reviews

Some virtuoso reed playing sure to delight anyone!
Tim McAllister, associate professor of saxophone at Arizona State University, is one of the country's very finest performers. He has a clear and focused but beautiful tone quality but also some of the most outrageously flamboyant and impressive technique of any saxophone artist. This solo collection is an excellent introduction to his playing but also so to some of the best current composers writing for wind instruments out there right now. "Escape Wisconsin" by Caleb Burhans takes its clever title from the composer's take on the Wisconsin state travel motto. "Escape to Wisconsin" The work is a very playful and somewhat humorous work that explores all ranges of the instrument. Burhans is a New York based violinist, countertenor and composer who specializes in new music. An equally interesting piece is "Jellyfish" by Kristin Kuster. This is a fascinating work for saxophone and piano that takes its cue from three different forms of jellyfish and how to visualize them ( 'medusa' 'blob' and 'thimbles') Ms Kuster is on the faculty of the Univ of Michigan and wrote this work for McAllister. "As Biddeth thy Tongue" by Kati Agocs is an extended single movement work that is lyrical in nature and requires some extended techniques, which Tim McAllister performs superbly. Agocs is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. There are two wonderful duos for saxophone and clarinet on this disc that I think are highlights. The "Duo Sonata" by Gregory Wanamaker and the title work. "GLINT" by Roshanne Etezady both feature McAllister and his ASU colleague, the incomparable Robert Spring. These are virtuoso works. Wanamaker's duo is written in four movements and requires synchronicity, ample technique and superb symbiosis on the part of the two performers. The single movement "GLINT" requires the same level of expertise. These are both great pieces. Wanamaker teaches at the Crane School at SUNY Potsdam and Etezady is on the faculty of the Herberger College at Arizona State. "The Alex Set" by University of Arizona based Daniel Asia takes its name from Alex Klein, a gifted oboist for whom he had written. This work, in fact is based on the first "Alex" work, written for oboe and expanded to five movements, for solo saxophone. This is another highlight of this disc, I felt. Frenchman Philippe Hurel has written for some of the best known wind ensembles and soloists in the world, including eighth blackbird. "OPCIT" refers to "opus citatum" and is the first work Hurel wrote with the computer, calculating all pitches, durations and rhythms and the model in which they would be structured. A fascinating, if somewhat abstract, work for tenor sax; this piece also requires the most of the performer in extended techniques and endurance. Peter Terry is a composition professor at Bluffton University in Ohio. His work "Rise" is a wildy engaging work for alto sax, piano and tape whose title refers to the increases in volume, complexity, volume but also in demand of the players required throughout. It is comprised of rising lines and makes very interesting use of the recorded synthesized portion with the piano so that it sounds almost like an exotic "super instrument" I thought this work was also was one of the most interesting works in this collection. Simply put, this is a great disc with stunning playing by McAllister, Bob Spring and pianist Lucia Unrau. The music is all fascinating and leads to new discoveries for anyone interested in contemporary music or some really fine single-reed artistry!
Submitted on 01/07/13 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Burhans, Caleb : Escape Wisconsin, for saxophone
  • Performer: Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Kuster, Kristin : Jellyfish, for saxophone
  • Performers: Timothy McAllister (Saxophone); Lucia Unrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Kati Agócs (1975 - ) : As Biddeth Thy Tongue, for saxophone
  • Performer: Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Wanamaker, Gregory : Duo Sonata, for clarinet & saxophone
  • Performers: Timothy McAllister (Saxophone); Robert Spring (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Asia, Daniel : The Alex Set, for solo oboe
  • Performer: Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Etezady, Roshanne : Glint, for clarinet & saxophone
  • Performers: Timothy McAllister (Saxophone); Robert Spring (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Hurel, Philippe : Opcit
  • Performer: Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984-1993

>Terry, Peter : Rise, for saxophone & piano
  • Performers: Lucia Unrau (Piano); Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2004