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Spectra, Vol. 2: A Concert of Music by Members of Connecticut Composers, Inc.


Release Date: 10/12/2018 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6188  
Composer:  Elizabeth AustinJohn A. RoseJuliana HallRyan Jesperson,   ... 
Performer:  Laura KrentzmanErberk EryilmazJohn A. RoseJulia Broxholm,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Thimble Island Saxophone Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Spectra 2 unveils the works of six composers, each of whom tells a unique, memorable story. First up is Elizabeth R. Austin's ‘B-A-C-HOMAGE,’ an intricately constructed tribute to the German Baroque composer. Based on Bach's name and his "Air on G" respectively, the first and second movements reflect upon the clarity of his work through the lens of Austin's decidedly modern tonal language. John Alan Rose's ‘Sleepy Hollow Suite’ for piano mesmerizes with a timeless appeal that bridges centuries: aesthetically gratifying and inventive all at once, Washington Irving could fittingly have imagined this as a soundtrack for his eponymous story. ‘Bells and Grass,’ composed by Juliana Hall, brings five poems by Walter de la Mare to life Read more with only a soprano and an oboe. A related theme could be discerned in Ryan Jesperson's ‘Icarus,’ a riveting duo for alto saxophone and piano. Like the eponymous mythological character, it starts out soaring, but undergoes a considerable transformation, culminating in a spectacular fashion. There is nothing random about Frank Vasi's saxophone quartet ‘Random Thoughts’: the four-movement work is so refreshingly tonal, as well as rhythmically and harmonically engaging, that it wouldn't be out of place in an upscale jazz venue. The quirky ‘Picasso's Rag’ sounds exactly how one would imagine it according to the title – only better. Nancy Tucker brings the album to a close with two of her playful, upbeat compositions. ‘Escape of the Slinkys’ imagines the life of named perennial childhood toy with bewildering depth of imagination. ‘Grasshopper's Holiday,’ an unapologetically catchy guitar piece, evokes images of road trips and carefree summers with such cheerful drive that one might find it difficult to stop listening to it on repeat. With its variegated selection, Spectra 2 packs a veritable punch in just about one hour of music – music composed in Connecticut, but with an artistic appeal that easily transcends the borders of the Constitution State. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
B-A-C-Homage by Elizabeth Austin
Performer:  Laura Krentzman (Viola), Erberk Eryilmaz (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Sleepy Hollow Suite by John A. Rose
Performer:  John A. Rose (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Bells and Grass by Juliana Hall
Performer:  Julia Broxholm (Soprano), Margaret Marco (Oboe)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Icarus by Ryan Jesperson
Performer:  Joseph Abad (Alto Saxophone), Marko Stuparevic (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Random Thoughts by Frank Vasi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Thimble Island Saxophone Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Escape of the Slinkys by Nancy Tucker
Performer:  Nancy Tucker (Guitar), Tom Dest (Marimba)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
7.
Grasshopper's Holiday by Nancy Tucker
Performer:  Nancy Tucker (Guitar)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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