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Minimal Tendencies / Delta Saxophone Quartet


Release Date: 02/15/1999 
Label:  Clarinet Classics   Catalog #: 24   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Philip GlassSteve ReichTerry RileyGavin Bryars,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delta Saxophone Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Delta Saxophone Quartet, formed in 1984, is Britiain's longest established saxophone chamber group, and has commissioned some of the World's leading composer, including Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin and Michael Finnissy. o Philip Glass - Mishima Premiere Recording for quartet o Steve Reich - New York Counterpoint Premiere Recording for quartet o Terry Riley - Tread on the Trail Premiere Recording for quartet o Gavin Bryars - Alaric 1 or 11 Delta Quartet commission o Michael Nyman - Songs for Tony This intriguing and thought-provoking collection includes their first commercial recording of the work written for them by Gavin Bryars. Three founders of the American minimalist movement are represented, the Glass and Riley being world premiere Read more recordings in these versions. The disc is completed by a piece by Michael Nyman, now one of the most popular and well known composers in the world. Press Quote 'The Delta Saxophone Quartet makes light of the extraordinary technical demands of this work and its forays into the extreme altissimo registers and control of multiphonics are most impressive'. BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Mishima by Philip Glass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delta Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1985; USA 
2. New York Counterpoint by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delta Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Notes: For this performance for eight saxophone parts were pre-recorded and sampled onto a tape. Four saxophone parts were played live against the tape. 
3. Tread on the Trail by Terry Riley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delta Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964-1965; USA 
4. Alaric I or II by Gavin Bryars
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delta Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; England 
5. Songs for Tony by Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delta Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

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