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Hazo / Jex / Mcmichael / Klock / Zeisler
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1466   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel R. HazoCatherine McMichaelBrian BalmagesGrigoras Dinicu,   ... 
Performer:  Lynn Klock
Conductor:  Dennis Zeisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Wind Symphony
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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LINKS Lynn Klock (sax); Dennis Zeisler, cond; Virginia Wind S ALBANY 1466 (53:40)


HAZO Alto Saxophone Concerto. JEX Alto Saxophone Concerto, “Sweet Sorrows”. Alto Adventure. MCMICHAEL Woodland Serenade and Rondo. Sapphire. BALMAGES Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Apollo. DINICU (arr. Ferrandino) Hora Staccato


Professor of saxophone at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Lynn Klock inspired the first of the pieces we hear here, Samuel P. Hazo’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble. A life-affirming piece, this concerto is almost a hymn of praise to the instrument it showcases, celebrating as many aspects of it as it can. Lynn Klock is a superb saxophonist, as the cadenza underlines. Only one other piece by Hazo has been reviewed previously according to the Fanfare Archive: Ride , reviewed by Jerry Dubins, in 2004, who found it rather anonymous ( Fanfare 28:1). The same disc was reviewed in a later edition of Fanfare , by Walter Simmons (28: 3) who found more to enjoy.


Klock commissioned the next piece, David Jex’s Concerto. It is subtitled “Sweet Sorrows,” an epithet which refers to the loss of several friends, colleagues, and family members. The piece eventually works its way through its grief to a celebration of life itself. The piece is beautifully scored: It is evident Jax has a real feel for the expressive capabilities of a wind orchestra as well as for the saxophone, something once more in evidence in the very approachable, and fun, Alto Adventure . The softer, more reflective moments of this latter piece are in particular most sensitively rendered. Catherine McMichael’s Woodland Serenade and Rondo is a brief concerto but is highly effective. The percussion department includes wind chimes, vibraphone, and marimba, all aiding the initial laid back, magical atmosphere. Klock’s saxophone is most eloquent. Stravinskian angularity permeates the rondo. Her other piece here, Sapphire , begins in a wonderfully happy-go-lucky fashion. A more introspective central section leads into a salsa via a cadenza.


The piece Apollo is another that seeks to alleviate a sense of loss through the medium of music, this time the fatal preflight test of Apollo I in 1967, which killed all three astronauts on board. Balmages’s expertly scored music is very descriptive of events.


The recording is expert; the performances just as expert and always enjoyable, with Dennis Zeisler a most attentive accompanist. The final arrangement of Dinicu’s Hora Staccato is great fun and the perfect, slightly zany, way to end a splendid disc.


FANFARE: Colin Clarke
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for alto saxophone & wind ensemble by Samuel R. Hazo
Performer:  Lynn Klock ()
Conductor:  Dennis Zeisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Wind Symphony
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Woodland Serenade & Rondo, for saxophone & wind ensemble by Catherine McMichael
Performer:  Lynn Klock (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Dennis Zeisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Wind Symphony
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Apollo, for saxophone & wind ensemble by Brian Balmages
Performer:  Lynn Klock (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Dennis Zeisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Wind Symphony
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 12 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Hora staccato, for violin & piano (or orchestra) by Grigoras Dinicu
Performer:  Lynn Klock (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Dennis Zeisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Wind Symphony
Period: Modern 
Written: 1906; Romania 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Sweet Sorrows, concerto for alto saxophone & wind ensemble by David Jex
Performer:  Lynn Klock ()
Conductor:  Dennis Zeisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Wind Symphony
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Alto Adventure, for alto saxophone & wind ensemble by David Jex
Performer:  Lynn Klock ()
Conductor:  Dennis Zeisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Wind Symphony
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
Sapphire, for saxophone & wind ensemble (or piano) by Catherine McMichael
Performer:  Lynn Klock (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Dennis Zeisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Wind Symphony
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 09/2000 
Length: 12 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Alto Saxophone Concerto
Alto Saxophone Concerto
Woodland Serenade and Rondo
Apollo
Alto Adventure
Sapphire
Hora Staccato (arr. S. Ferrandino)

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