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Martyrs for the Faith - American Saxophone Concertos by John Cheetham and Paul Creston / Kenneth Tse, saxophone

Audio Samples

>Creston, Paul : Concerto for alto saxophone & orchestra (or band), Op. 26
>Canfield, David Deboor : Concerto for alto saxophone & symphonic winds ("Martyrs for the Faith")
>Cheetham, John : Concerto for alto saxophone & band ("Agrariana")
>Dahl, Ingolf : Concerto for alto saxophone & wind ensemble

Album Summary

>Creston, Paul : Concerto for alto saxophone & orchestra (or band), Op. 26
>Canfield, David Deboor : Concerto for alto saxophone & symphonic winds ("Martyrs for the Faith")
>Cheetham, John : Concerto for alto saxophone & band ("Agrariana")
>Dahl, Ingolf : Concerto for alto saxophone & wind ensemble
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Esteemed saxophonist Kenneth Tse offers world premiere recordings of works by David Deboor Canfield and John Cheetham, pairing these two works with staples of the saxophone repertoire. Tse has been a frequent soloist on five continents and is a featured artist at saxophone conferences. He teaches at the University of Iowa.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The performances are well done, with a few warts. Tse is a confident and versatile soloist, boasting an expressive timbre, natural vibrato, colorful phrasing, and breathlessly nimble fingers and articulation. He sometimes loses a bit of clarity in quiet passages, perhaps the result of a soft reed, but his overall command of his instrument is effortless. The University of Iowa Symphony Band is a respectable collaborator. Some sections are clearly stronger than others - mild tuning disagreements occur from time to time - but the best players and the podium leadership drive the bus, and they match Tse's musicianship with keenly sensitive playing and robust energy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: University of Iowa Memorial Union (2010-02-??&2010-10-??&2010-).



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Works Details

>Creston, Paul : Concerto for alto saxophone & orchestra (or band), Op. 26
  • Performer: Kenneth Tse (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Richard Heidel
  • Ensemble: University of Iowa Symphony Band
  • Running Time: 19 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1944

>Canfield, David Deboor : Concerto for alto saxophone & symphonic winds ("Martyrs for the Faith")
  • Performer: Kenneth Tse (Alto Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2003

>Cheetham, John : Concerto for alto saxophone & band ("Agrariana")
  • Performer: Kenneth Tse (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Richard Heidel
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2003

>Dahl, Ingolf : Concerto for alto saxophone & wind ensemble
  • Performer: Kenneth Tse (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Richard Heidel
  • Running Time: 20 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto