WILLIAM ALBRIGHT (1944-1998): Saxophone Sonata, JEAN-DENIS MICHAT (b.1971): Shams, FERNANDE DECRUCK (1896-1954): Saxophone Sonata in C Sharp, JACQUES IBERT (1890-1962): Concertino da Camera for Saxophone and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 02R045
Reference: GEN 16401
Description: Michat's piece - the title means 'sun' in Arabic - is an exhilaratingly virtuosic work in three movements, bristling with technical challenges. The vocabulary is very tonal, inflected with middle-eastern modality throughout, and in the slow movement the imitation of an Arab drum. The first movement is a high-energy, hectic dance, redolent of desert heat and relentless brilliant sunlight. The slow movement is sensuous and sinuous, with pitch-bending and rough timbres suggesting a folk instrument played in an abandoned frenzy. A mysterious cadenza leads to the finale, a slow dance over an ostinato accompaniment which gathers orchestral texture and momentum, leading to a final exultant display by the soloist. Decruck's attractive, easy-going, melodious 1943 sonata is a tonal work, very French in melodic inflection, with its roots in romanticism and impressionism. Albright's sonata is characteristically eclectic, with each movement seeming to espouse a different idiom, from the almost atonal two-part dialogue of the first movement, the lamenting romanticism of the second, an in memoriam piece, to the raucous jazz of the finale. Asya Fateyeva (sax), Valeria Myrosh (piano).