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Gymnopedie - The Classical Side Of Tommy Smith

Satie / Bartok / Grieg / Smith / Mclachlan
Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 103  
Composer:  Erik SatieBéla BartókEdvard GriegTommy Smith,   ... 
Performer:  Tommy SmithMurray McLachlan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Scottish jazz saxophonist, composer and orchestra leader works frequently with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the BT Scottish Ensemble and pianist Murray McLachlan who accompanies him on this programme of music by Satie, Bartok, Grieg and the jazz pianist Chick Corea, tasty morsels which are appetisers for more substantial fare - Smith's two sonatas for saxophone and piano whose influences range from Prokofiev to the Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and songwriter Eubie Blake. Powerful yet lyrical works, they offer opportunities for improvisation and Smith employs a jazzman's expressive tone to haunting and thrilling effect."

- Inverness Courier, (August 1, 1999)

"Saxophonist Tommy
Read more Smith draws on his well-established duo with pianist Murray McLachlan in his first classical disc. As well as the title piece and three other imaginative reconstructions of music by Satie, the disc features minatures by Bartok, Chick Corea and Grieg as an extended prelude to Smith's own pair of meatier sonatas, a structure which replicates the form favoured in their concerts. The progression from Hall of Mirrors - Sonata No.1 to Dreaming With Open Eyes - Sonata No.2 reveals a marked advance in the saxophonist's formal compositional technique, but both are impressive and exciting pieces, and are Saxophonist Tommy Smith draws on his well-established duo with pianist Murray McLachlan in his first classical disc. As well as the title piece and three other imaginative reconstructions of music by Satie, the disc features minatures by Bartok, Chick Corea and Grieg as an extended prelude to Smith's own pair of meatier sonatas, a structure which replicates the form favoured in their concerts. The progression from Hall of Mirrors - Sonata No.1 to Dreaming With Open Eyes - Sonata No.2 reveals a marked advance in the saxophonist's formal compositional technique, but both are impressive and exciting pieces, and are superbly played and vividly recorded."

- The List, (August 1, 1999)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Tommy Smith (Tenor Saxophone), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
2.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 138, Bagpipe by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Tommy Smith (Soprano Saxophone), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano), Tommy Smith (Soprano Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
4.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 1, Arietta by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Tommy Smith (Soprano Saxophone), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Norway 
5.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 4, Notturno by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Tommy Smith (Tenor Saxophone), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
6.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 148, Dance no 1 in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Tommy Smith (Soprano Saxophone), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
7.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 3, Lent by Erik Satie
Performer:  Tommy Smith (Tenor Saxophone), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
8.
Je te veux for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano), Tommy Smith (Tenor Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1900; France 
9.
Sonata for Saxophone and Piano no 1 "Hall of Mirrors" by Tommy Smith
Performer:  Tommy Smith (Tenor Saxophone), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
10.
Sonata for Saxophone and Piano no 2 "Dreaming with Open Eyes" by Tommy Smith
Performer:  Tommy Smith (Tenor Saxophone), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
11.
Children's Songs (20): no 7 by Chick Corea
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano), Tommy Smith (Tenor Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
12.
Children's Songs (20): no 6, The Sky by Chick Corea
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano), Tommy Smith (Tenor Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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