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Glint

Burhans / Mcallister / Unrau / Spring
Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 764   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Caleb BurhansKristin KustlerKati AgocsGregory Wanamaker,   ... 
Performer:  Timothy McAllisterLucia UnrauRobert Spring
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This varied anthology of contemporary pieces is a typical Innova product - tangy, oxygen rich and kaleidoscopic.

Saxophonist Timothy McAllister has put together this chamber collection in collaboration with fellow musicians.

The flickering and tapping mechnical action of McAllister's instrument is something you must acclimatise yourself to. It's part of the music. It in fact seems to have been notated into the start of the third movement of the Wanamaker scherzo in the Duo Sonata.

Read more Caleb Burhans's solo alto sax Escape Wisconsin is Reich-like in its minimalist iterative cell repetition. It began life as a piece for two vibraphones.

Kristin Kuster's Jellyfish is for sax and Lucia Unrau's piano. In three quirkily titled sections (Medusa; Blob; Thimbles) but one track. This piece is dissonant, variously hectic and deeply and darkly dreamy.

Kati Agocs' As Biddeth Thy Tongue returns us to the solo sax. Agocs' rhapsodic dissonant, harsh and sometimes horrifying progress takes us flutteringly through fear.

Duo Sonata for sax and, its brother, the clarinet (Robert Spring) is by Gregory Wanamaker. The two instruments are Icarus twins. They fill in each others notes, fly in aerobatic formation, encourage contemplation and indulge in jazz-jamming and minimalist caprice in the Blues finale.

The symphonist Daniel Asia is for me the only big name in this group. His The Alex Set for solo sax is the second oldest piece here. Of the five movements three entitled Alex I etc are interspersed with two entitled Interlude I etc. The music is angular and rhapsodic with a dusting of minimalist manners among the Orientalisms.

GLINT by Roshanne Etezady is for clarinet and sax again. It's a vertiginous and possessed flight into an everglades of bumping and groaning noises. Then follows an ascent succeeded by helter-skelter diving and rocketing upwards.

Philippe Hurel's OPCIT (1984) is for solo sax. It is the most dissonant piece here: rippling, groaning and writhing across its four extended sections seemingly with every avant-garde effect deployed.

Lastly we have Peter Terry's RISE for sax and Lucia Unrau’s synthesised piano. The piece has a nervy and jazzy stride, a touch of pianola torque, the occasional infusion of 1920s expressionism and grand guignol.

Good liner notes. Sensible design. Will suit the broad-minded sax repertoire enthusiast.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Escape Wisconsin, for saxophone by Caleb Burhans
Performer:  Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
Written: 2006 
Date of Recording: 09/2006-05/2007 
Venue:  The University of Arizona School of Musi 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Jellyfish, for saxophone by Kristin Kustler
Performer:  Timothy McAllister (Saxophone), Lucia Unrau (Piano)
Written: 2004 
Date of Recording: 09/2006-05/2007 
Venue:  The University of Arizona School of Musi 
Length: 10 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
As Biddeth Thy Tongue, for saxophone by Kati Agocs
Performer:  Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
Written: 2006 
Date of Recording: 09/2006-05/2007 
Venue:  The University of Arizona School of Musi 
Length: 9 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Duo Sonata, for clarinet & saxophone by Gregory Wanamaker
Performer:  Robert Spring (Clarinet), Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2002 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Tempest Recording Studios, Tempe, AZ 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
The Alex Set by Daniel Asia
Performer:  Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2006-05/2007 
Venue:  The University of Arizona School of Musi 
Length: 8 Minutes 58 Secs. 
6.
Glint, for clarinet & saxophone by Roshanne Etezady
Performer:  Robert Spring (Clarinet), Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
Written: 2006 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Tempest Recording Studios, Tempe, AZ 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Opcit by Philippe Hurel
Performer:  Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1984-1993 
Date of Recording: 09/2006-05/2007 
Venue:  The University of Arizona School of Musi 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8.
Rise, for saxophone & piano by Peter Terry
Performer:  Timothy McAllister (Saxophone), Lucia Unrau (Piano)
Written: 2004 
Date of Recording: 09/2006-05/2007 
Venue:  The University of Arizona School of Musi 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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