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Mountain Roads / Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet


Release Date: 02/27/2001 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 412   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  David MaslankaDavid StockRussell Peck
Performer:  Scotty SteppYannis MiralisMarco AlbonetiRussell Peterson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

About Mountain Roads, the composer David Maslanka writes: "The music of Mountain Roads is a very personal statement. I feel very deeply about every bit of it. The musical plan of it follows the model of a Baroque cantata, and style and content reflect my years of study of the Bach chorales, and of Bach in general. Obviously there are no words in my "cantata" but the music revolves entirely around two chorale melodies. The title Mountain Roads comes from a dream I had while writing the piece". About his Sax Appeal David Stock writes: "The work was commissioned by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet by Summerfest, a music festival in Pittsburgh, for its 10th anniversary season. The premiere took place in July, 1990. The work is in four movements: Read more Set Up, Blues, Sarabande, and jump. Jazz is clearly the primary influence, as befitting the genre that brought this wonderful instrument into its own". Russell Peck's Drastic Measures is the only piece on this disc that has been recorded before. About it, the composer writes: "During my brief university teaching career I came into contact with excellent saxophonists at Northern Illinois University who had a quartet and wanted a piece from me. That's how I came to write Drastic Measures in 1976. A year later I went to the School of the Arts in North Carolina where James Houlik had a great saxophone studio and a wonderful student quartet that became the New Century Saxophone Quartet. I touched up the piece for them and that became its final form." 034061043225 Albany Records TROY 432 "HERBERT, Victor Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mountain Roads by David Maslanka
Performer:  Scotty Stepp (Tenor Saxophone), Yannis Miralis (Baritone Saxophone), Marco Alboneti (Alto Saxophone),
Russell Peterson (Soprano Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota 
Length: 27 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
Sax Appeal by David Stock
Performer:  Russell Peterson (Soprano Saxophone), Marco Alboneti (Alto Saxophone), Yannis Miralis (Baritone Saxophone),
Amande Materne (Tenor Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota 
Length: 20 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Drastic Measures by Russell Peck
Performer:  Russell Peterson (Soprano Saxophone), Marco Alboneti (Alto Saxophone), Scotty Stepp (Tenor Saxophone),
Yannis Miralis (Baritone Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota 
Length: 10 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Mountain Roads: I. Overture
Mountain Roads: II. Chorale: Wo soll ich fliehen
Mountain Roads: III. Aria (in the style of a chorale prelude)
Mountain Roads: IV. Chorale
Mountain Roads: V. Aria
Mountain Roads: VI. Finale: Alle menschen mussen sterben
Sax Appeal: I. Set Up
Sax Appeal: II. Blues
Sax Appeal: III. Sarabande
Sax Appeal: IV. Jump
Drastic Measures: I. Poco adagio - Molto espressivo
Drastic Measures: II. Allegro

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