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A Quiet City

Quiet City
DSL-92135
Artist: Christopher Brellochs
Genre: Instrumental
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    Saxophonist Christopher Brellochs breathes new life into forgotten musical works with the Sono Luminus release of Quiet City. This world premiere recording resurrects the unpublished score of Aaron Copland’s incidental music for the Irwin Shaw play Quiet City, in a new adaptation by Christopher Brellochs.

    During his doctoral studies Brellochs obtained a copy of the unpublished manuscript to Quiet City from saxophonist and historian Paul Cohen. The score was handwritten by Copland, included cues and actor’s lines, and called for a chamber ensemble of trumpet, saxophone (doubling on clarinet), clarinet (doubling on bass clarinet), and piano. Here was never before heard music of the highest quality, by an iconic American composer.

    Brellochs was granted the exclusive right to record and perform his newly reconstructed chamber adaptation of “Quiet City” by Boosey & Hawkes and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music. This unique opportunity to make a world premiere recording has lead to a search for other unrecorded works by American composers. The results of that search include the whirlwind composition “Sound Moves Blues” by Robert Aldridge, the charming “Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, and Piano” by Seymour Barab and the invitation to guest artist Paul Cohen to contribute previously unreleased recordings of works by Leo Ornstein, Walter Hartley and Lawson Lunde. Every work on Quiet City features world premiere recordings of prominent American composers.

Performers:

Christopher Brellochs, saxophone
Paul Cohen

Composers:

Aaron Copland
Leo Ornstein
Robert Aldridge
Walter S. Hartley
Lawson Lunde
Seymour Barab


Tracks:

1. Quiet City - Aaron Copland, adapted by Christopher Brellochs
2. Ballade - Leo Ornstein
3. Sound Moves Blues - Robert Aldridge

Lyric Suite - Walter S. Hartley 4. I. Prelude
5. II. Scherzino
6. III. Nocturne
7. IV. Gigue

Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano Op.37 (“Alpine”) - Lawson Lunde
8. I. Allegro moderato
9. II. Vivo

Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone and Piano - Seymour Barab
10. I. Allegro
11. II. Slow waltz
12. III. Allegro
13. IV. Molto lento
14. V. Allegro molto



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1. Peter on 8/5/2011, said:

Quiet City has a great flow of timbres and textures. The lines are lyrical, melodious, and pensive. The orchestration is always shifting, with many passages of solo and duo playing. There is a great energetic section of rushing phrases of sixteenth notes around 7'30" and a great saxophone feature around 9'. The Ornstein Ballad has a lush and dark swirling texture. Sound Moves Blues starts off with frenetic energy like the soundtrack to a cartoon chase scene. This moves into a samba-like dance with soft upbeats in the piano. Throughout the work is a blend of darker sonorities and playful runs. The piece is well structured and makes great use of form to keep the listener engaged. The Hartley highlight's Paul Cohen's beautiful sound in the low register of his tenor sax. The entrance of the viola is a welcome surpise on this disc which is otherwise all winds and piano. The arco and pizzicato textures add great contrast. The Nocturne has some of my favorite melody lines on the disc. The Lawson Lunde doesn't really work for me stylistically or harmonically. The Barab Suite has lots of playful counterpoint and in some ways has a Stravinsky flavor in terms of orchestration. The Molto Lento features great lyrical playing in the winds. The last movement has interesting geometric interplay to the counterpoint. The fact that this disc is entirely composed of world premiere recordings is a really special touch and highlights the performers' commitment to advancing the art of the concert saxophone.
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2. kristina on 7/29/2011, said:

Although great music exists for many different types of ensembles (orchestral, solo piano, etc.) there are certain emotional landscapes that seem best negotiated with a chamber ensemble. Perhaps it has to do with a richness and variety of tonal colors while still at a point where the listener can hold on to the individuality of each instrumental line. This album's unique variety of instrumental configurations exquisitely captures the emotions of the music recorded here. The album begins with Aaron Copland's Quiet City, and although it may be meant to represent a city scene it still manages to capture the feeling of wide open spaces and the American spirit that he is so well known for. I was very impressed with the interpretive artistry of every musician on this recording; at no point did it sound like anyone was just reading notes, but instead those notes were transformed into a passionate and emotional artistic statement. The solo trumpet playing was breath-taking, the blend between the saxophone and clarinet was harmonious, and the piano playing definitive. I have to admit I think I prefer this version to the more commonly known one for string orchestra. Other personal favorites on this recording include the Lawson Lunde, Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano and Seymour Barab's Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, and Piano which contained so many playful moments that it made it a complete delight to listen to. Even though the Ornstein, Aldridge, and Hartley weren't favorites of mine, each was played at such a high level of musicianship that they were still compelling. This is such a superb and unique recording on so many levels - from instrumentation, to repertoire, to performance. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this album and look forward to playing it many more times.
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3. Nick on 7/27/2011, said:

Wow. What an absolutely amazing CD from an amazing musician. Christopher Brellochs never ceases to amaze me with the tasteful selection of pieces and heartfelt performaces. 5 stars for sure!
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4. Steve on 7/19/2011, said:

Christopher Brellochs is amazing. His music quietly calms my soul. His use of the classical instruments produces a creation that is greater than the sum of its parts. This CD, Quiet City, is interesting. I especially like the title track (1) and Nocturne (6). Definitely a good buy.
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5. Virginia on 7/14/2011, said:

Christopher Brellochs has shown superb creativity in this album. "Quiet City" immediately sets a mood that is both stunning and haunting in its impact. A playful element ensues but the pervading sense of being alone, at night, in a city, is clear and the feeling is of peace. A beautiful rendition of this Copeland compositiion.
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