ANDREI ESHPAI (b.1925): Saxophone Concerto, JOHN WILLIAMS (b.1932): Escapades for Saxophone and Orchestra, MICHAEL NYMAN (b.1944): Where the Bee Dances for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 05O072
Label: Solo Musica
Reference: SM 186
Description: Eshpai's single-movement, 20-minute concerto from 1985-86 is an action-packed, colorful piece with alternations of a Shostakovichian turbulence and grotesquerie and heavenly, enraptured slow passages until a jazz episode breaks out and leads to a triumphal finale. Williams' three short movements are derived from his jazz-inspired score for the film "Catch Me If You Can" while Nyman's is also from a film - Peter Greenaway's "Prospero's Books" and is a 16-minute virtuoso mini-concerto which is full of Nyman's typical rhythmic and melodic musical personality. Jan Schulte-Bunert (sax), Neue Philharmonie Westfalen; Heiko Mathias Förster.