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Aria - works for solo saxophone by Nyman, Handel, Bozza, Faure, et al. / Gerard McChrystal, saxophone

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in B flat major, Op. 3/2, HWV 313
>     Largo
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Why?, song (for the film "The Diary of Anne Frank")
>McGlynn, Michael : Aisling, for melody instrument & chorus
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachianas Brasileiras no 5
>     Aria (Cantilena)
>Glass, Philip : Facades
>Scott, Andy : My Mountain Top, for solo flute
>Bozza, Eugène : Aria for Alto Saxophone
>Cowie, Billy : Romance for saxophone & guitar no 2
>McGlynn, Michael : Behind the Closed Eye, vocalise
>Fauré, Gabriel : 3 Songs, OP. 23/1
>     Les berceaux
>Cowie, Billy : Romance for saxophone & guitar no 1
>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
>Tanaka, Karen : Night Bird for alto saxophone & tape
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : If
>Cowie, Billy : Romance for saxophone & guitar no 3
>McGlynn, Michael : From Nowhere to Nowhere, solo for alto saxophone

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in B flat major, Op. 3/2, HWV 313
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Why?, song (for the film "The Diary of Anne Frank")
>McGlynn, Michael : Aisling, for melody instrument & chorus
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachianas Brasileiras no 5
>Glass, Philip : Facades
>Scott, Andy : My Mountain Top, for solo flute
>Bozza, Eugène : Aria for Alto Saxophone
>Cowie, Billy : Romance for saxophone & guitar no 2
>McGlynn, Michael : Behind the Closed Eye, vocalise
>Fauré, Gabriel : 3 Songs, OP. 23/1
>Cowie, Billy : Romance for saxophone & guitar no 1
>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
>Tanaka, Karen : Night Bird for alto saxophone & tape
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : If
>Cowie, Billy : Romance for saxophone & guitar no 3
>McGlynn, Michael : From Nowhere to Nowhere, solo for alto saxophone
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This brilliantly devised CD from Gerard McChrystal is a deeply personal album; at times melancholic, the music is always beautiful and captivating. Indeed, Aria has similar qualities to Jan Garbarek's Officium and will appeal to this fan-base. Featuring soprano and alto saxophone with a colorful array of different ensemble accompaniments - string orchestra, choir, guitar, piano, solo, string quartet and electronics. Baroque music blends seamlessly with contemporary; Handel resolves into Michael Nyman, Debussy's Syrinx morphs into Ravel's Pièce en forme de Habanera. Other selections include original works by Billy Cowie, Karen Tanaka, Andy Scott and Michael McGlynn (from the vocal group Anúna who featured in Riverdance). McChrystal is a multiaward winning saxophonist who has performed as a soloist in over 30 countries with many of the World's leading orchestras and ensembles.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 08/2009-11/2009.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in B flat major, Op. 3/2, HWV 313 :: Largo
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Nic Pendlebury
  • Ensemble: Codetta
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1715-1718

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Why?, song (for the film "The Diary of Anne Frank")
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>McGlynn, Michael : Aisling, for melody instrument & chorus
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Donal Doherty
  • Ensemble: Trinity Laban String Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachianas Brasileiras no 5 :: Aria (Cantilena)
  • Performers: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938-1945

>Glass, Philip : Facades
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Nic Pendlebury
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Scott, Andy : My Mountain Top, for solo flute
  • Performers: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone); Andy Scott (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Eugène Bozza (1905 - 1991) : Aria for Alto Saxophone
  • Performers: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone); Shiroma De Silva (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Cowie, Billy : Romance for saxophone & guitar no 2
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Nic Pendlebury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.

>McGlynn, Michael : Behind the Closed Eye, vocalise
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Donal Doherty
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : 3 Songs, OP. 23/1 :: Les berceaux
  • Performers: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone); Shiroma De Silva (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Cowie, Billy : Romance for saxophone & guitar no 1
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Nic Pendlebury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.

>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1907

>Tanaka, Karen : Night Bird for alto saxophone & tape
  • Performers: Karen Tanaka (Electronics); Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 19th Century

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : If
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cowie, Billy : Romance for saxophone & guitar no 3
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Nic Pendlebury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.

>McGlynn, Michael : From Nowhere to Nowhere, solo for alto saxophone
  • Performer: Gerard McChrystal (Alto Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary