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Metropolis - music for saxophone and piano by Gordon Fitzell, Michael Matthews, Srul Irving Glick, Robert Lemay, Diana McIntosh / Allen Harrington, sax; Laura Loewen, piano

Album Summary

>Fitzell, Gordon : Metropolis, for saxophone & piano
>Matthews, Michael : The Skin of Night, for soprano saxophone, alto saxophone & piano
>Glick, Srul Irving : Sonata ("Adio"), for saxophone & piano
>Lemay, Robert : Oran, for saxophone & piano
>McIntosh, Diana : Dance for Daedalus, for saxophone & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

The breadth of musical textures and colors capable of being produced by a piano and saxophone pairing is likely larger than expected. Turning expectations upside-down, METROPOLIS, the debut release on Ravello Records by the Harrington/ Loewen Duo, comprised of saxophonist Allen Harrington and pianist Laura Loewen, highlights the adventurous and unpredictable approach to the two instruments. The Harrington/Loewen Duo build sonic landscapes and structures from their dynamic and often frantic interplay in The Skin of Night, while interpreting and responding to conventional and graphic notation such as colors, images, and glyphs throughout the score of Metropolis. In pieces such as Oran, they focus on the elements of intensity, duration, and timbre, creating expressionistic gestures and stark contrasts in mood. Harrington and Loewen showcase their sophisticated skills by way of extended techniques of the piano such as scraping the strings, pizzicato, harmonics, and glissando; and of the saxophone such as flutter-tongue, multiphonics, and bisbigliando (trilling between two timbres). Allen Harrington and Laura Loewen established the Harrington/Loewen Duo in 2002 and have since been known for their "musicality, tight ensemble, and virtuosic performances." Together, they have received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council. Both Harrington and Loewen are professors at the University of Manitoba's Desautels Faculty of Music in Winnipeg, Canada.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta (12/08/2007-12/11/2007).



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Works Details

>Fitzell, Gordon : Metropolis, for saxophone & piano
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta (12/08/2007-12/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Matthews, Michael : The Skin of Night, for soprano saxophone, alto saxophone & piano
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta (12/08/2007-12/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Glick, Srul Irving : Sonata ("Adio"), for saxophone & piano
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta (12/08/2007-12/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Lemay, Robert : Oran, for saxophone & piano
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta (12/08/2007-12/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>McIntosh, Diana : Dance for Daedalus, for saxophone & piano
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta (12/08/2007-12/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990