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Hot - works by Franco Donatoni, Georges Aperghis, Marcos Balter, Aaron Cassidy et al. / Ryan Muncy, saxophones

> Rasch (version for saxophone and viola) - Rasch (version for saxophone and viola)
> Refrain from Riffing - Refrain from Riffing
> Asphyxia - Asphyxia
> Strohbass - Strohbass
> The last leaf (version for sopranino saxophone) - The last leaf (version for sopranino saxophone)
> Hot - Hot

Album Summary

>Aperghis, Georges : Rasch
>Cheung, Anthony : Refrain from Riffing, for alto saxophone & harp
>Cassidy, Aaron [Composer] : Asphyxia, for soprano saxophone
>Balter, Marcos : Strohbass, for bass flute & baritone saxophone
>Czernowin, Chaya : The Last Leaf, for sopranino saxophone
>Donatoni, Franco : Hot, for solo tenor saxophone & sopranino saxophone & ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Saxophonist Ryan Muncy releases a recording highlighting the increasingly important and vibrant role of his instrument in today's avant garde repertoire. Featuring performances of works by Donatoni, Aperghis and Czernowin, with such notable performers as flutist Claire Chase and violist Nadia Sirota, this CD engages with and breaks through the saxophones previous limited associations, pointing the way to a new arena of exploration for the instrument.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
An opening should grab the attention of the audience. Openings often present main themes or at least supply a base understanding of the world the audience is being pulled into. Refrain from Riffing by Anthony Cheung replaces the viola with a harp, slows down the tempo, and places a greater emphasis on subtle dynamic shifts. Franco Donatoni's Hot is the only work on the release with more than two players. The piano and bass propel the higher winds early with bouncing bass lines and mysterious hits. The clarinet and solo line, switching between tenor and sopranino saxes, play fast, ascending motives. Muncy's saxophonecentric program is interesting.



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Works Details

>Aperghis, Georges : Rasch
  • Performers: Sirota (Viola); Ryan Muncy
  • Conductor: Claire Chase
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Dal Niente
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Cheung, Anthony : Refrain from Riffing, for alto saxophone & harp
  • Performers: Ryan Muncy; Ben Melsky (Harp)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Cassidy, Aaron [Composer] : Asphyxia, for soprano saxophone
  • Performer: Ryan Muncy
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Balter, Marcos : Strohbass, for bass flute & baritone saxophone
  • Performers: Claire Chase (Alto Flute); Ryan Muncy
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Czernowin, Chaya : The Last Leaf, for sopranino saxophone
  • Performer: Ryan Muncy
  • Running Time: 13 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Donatoni, Franco : Hot, for solo tenor saxophone & sopranino saxophone & ensemble
  • Performer: Ryan Muncy
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Dal Niente
  • Running Time: 14 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1989