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The Coral Sea, new music for soprano saxophone & piano by Gabriel Jackson, Graham Fitkin, Nikki Iles; Mark-Anthony Turnage et al. / McKenzie Sawers Duo

Album Summary

>Jackson, Gabriel : The Coral Sea, for ensemble
>Fitkin, Graham : Gate, for saxophone & piano
>Iles, Nikki [Piano] : Alma Venus, for saxophone & piano
>Fitkin, Graham : Glass, for saxophone & piano
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Memorials (2), for ensemble
>Bryars, Gavin : Allegrasco, version for clarinet & ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

The inspirations behind these six British works for saxophone and piano are linked by the composers' relationship to popular music, whether oblique, overt, or antagonistic. From the muscularity of Graham Fitkin to the blues-drenched melancholy of Mark-Anthony Turnage, Edinburgh duo Sue McKenzie and Ingrid Sawers bring stylistic authority and idiomatic flair to everything they play on this, their debut recording. McKenzie is one of Scotland's leading contemporary saxophonists, and has given the UK and Scottish premieres of many new works for saxophone. Ingrid Sawers is in demand as one of Scotland's finest accompanists and chamber musicians.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Scottish saxophonist Sue McKenzie and Scottish keyboardist Ingrid Sawers make their recording debut with six recent works for soprano saxophone and piano, all of them by British composers. McKenzie boasts a vibrant tone and stage presence, and Sawers plays with vigor and secure technique. The effort is strong, and sensitive listeners will be swept up in the music and the enthusiasm of the performers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (04/30/2012-05/01/2012).



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>Jackson, Gabriel : The Coral Sea, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: McKenzie Sawers Duo
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (04/30/2012-05/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fitkin, Graham : Gate, for saxophone & piano
  • Ensemble: McKenzie Sawers Duo
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (04/30/2012-05/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Iles, Nikki [Piano] : Alma Venus, for saxophone & piano
  • Ensemble: McKenzie Sawers Duo
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (04/30/2012-05/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fitkin, Graham : Glass, for saxophone & piano
  • Ensemble: McKenzie Sawers Duo
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (04/30/2012-05/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Memorials (2), for ensemble
  • Ensemble: McKenzie Sawers Duo
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (04/30/2012-05/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bryars, Gavin : Allegrasco, version for clarinet & ensemble
  • Ensemble: McKenzie Sawers Duo
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (04/30/2012-05/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983