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Aaron Copland: Quiet City

> Quiet City (arr. C. Brellochs) - Quiet City (arr. C. Brellochs)
> Ballade - Ballade
> SoundMovesBlues - SoundMovesBlues
> Lyric Suite - I. Prelude
> Lyric Suite - II. Scherzino
> Lyric Suite - III. Nocturne
> Lyric Suite - IV. Gigue
> Saxophone Sonata, Op. 37, "Alpine" - I. Allegro moderato
> Saxophone Sonata, Op. 37, "Alpine" - II. Vivo
> Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone and Piano - I. Allegro
> Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone and Piano - II. Slow waltz
> Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone and Piano - III. Allegro
> Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone and Piano - IV. Molto lento
> Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone and Piano - V. Allegro molto

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Quiet City
>Ornstein, Leo : Ballade, for saxophone & piano
>Aldridge, Robert : Sound Moves Blues, for saxophone, clarinet & piano
>Hartley, Walter S. : Lyric Suite, for ensemble
>Lunde, Lawson : Sonata for soprano saxophone & piano ("Alpine"), Op. 37
>Barab, Seymour : Suite for trumpet, saxophone & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Saxophonist Christopher Brellochs breathes new life into forgotten musical works with the Sono Luminus release of Quiet City. This world premiere recording resurrects the unpublished score of Aaron Copland’s incidental music for the Irwin Shaw play Quiet City, in a new adaptation by Christopher Brellochs.
During his doctoral studies Brellochs obtained a copy of the unpublished manuscript to Quiet City from saxophonist and historian Paul Cohen. The score was handwritten by Copland, included cues and actor’s lines, and called for a chamber ensemble of trumpet, saxophone (doubling on clarinet), clarinet (doubling on bass clarinet), and piano. Here was never before heard music of the highest quality, by an iconic American composer. Brellochs was granted the exclusive right to record and perform his newly reconstructed chamber adaptation of “Quiet City” by Boosey & Hawkes and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

This release is sure to be a favorite with fans of the saxaphone and new music, as well as a spectacular addition to the collection of enthusiasts of the works of Copland.

American Record Guide
The performers have good ensemble teamwork and pacing, allowing the scores to speak for... This approach works nicely in the Copland, as Batchelder, Brellochs, Kriegler, and Franzetti go for the big picture, letting the serene moments float in timelessness, yet carefully building to a satisfying climax... Batchelder, Clarke, and Franzetti play with wonderful purity and resonance... Saxophonists looking to expand the chamber literature will find some pleasant surprises. The Copland arrangement is superb and should immediately find a place alongside its more famous sibling. The Ornstein, Hartley, and Barab offer a fusion of heartfelt lyricism and eccentric modernism that will make for enjoyable rehearsals and highly accessible concerts.

Gramophone
Christopher Brellochs and colleagues explore chamber music that places various saxophones in numerous lyrical and colourful contexts, without neglecting its singular ability to swing... the score sounds fresh and haunting, and the refined performance has a sense of discovery.

MusicWeb International
Saxophonic Americana casts its net widely here. There's nothing for avant-gardists, but if you like great tunes, bluesy excursions and limpid romanticism, then lend an ear.



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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Quiet City
  • Performers: Mitchell Kriegler (Clarinet); Christopher Brellochs (Saxophone); Donald Batchelder (Trumpet); Allison Franzetti (Piano)
  • Notes: Purchase College Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Purchase, NY (07/10/2010-07/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Ornstein, Leo : Ballade, for saxophone & piano
  • Performers: Allison Franzetti (Piano); Paul Cohen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Aldridge, Robert : Sound Moves Blues, for saxophone, clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Mitchell Kriegler (Clarinet); Allison Franzetti (Piano); Christopher Brellochs (Saxophone)
  • Notes: Purchase College Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Purchase, NY (07/10/2010-07/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Hartley, Walter S. : Lyric Suite, for ensemble
  • Performers: Lois Anderson (Piano); Richard Clarke (Viola); Paul Cohen (Viola)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993

>Lunde, Lawson : Sonata for soprano saxophone & piano ("Alpine"), Op. 37
  • Performers: Allison Franzetti (Piano); Paul Cohen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Barab, Seymour : Suite for trumpet, saxophone & piano
  • Performers: Christopher Brellochs (Saxophone); Donald Batchelder (Trumpet); Allison Franzetti (Piano)
  • Notes: Purchase College Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Purchase, NY (07/10/2010-07/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1996