Carrie Koffmann (soprano saxophone), Anton Miller (violin), The Hartt School Wind Ensemble, Glen Adsit (conductor)
The wind band offers considerable variety and color to composers, as demonstrated by these three disparate works. Jennifer Higdon's Soprano Saxophone Concerto brings to the instrument an unerring warmth and sizzling dexterity perfectly suited to its plangent beauty. Kurt Weill's 1924 Violin Concerto exudes neo-classicism, Mahlerian influence and a pungent dynamism that account for its popularity. Chen Yi's Dragon Rhyme employs musical intervals familiar from Beijing Opera, in a work rich in textual color and vivid intensity.
Higdon Soprano Saxophone Concerto, Weill Violin Concerto Op 12, Chen Yi Dragon Rhyme
Running Time: 57 min
'Higdon's always clear talent for melody aligns with her growing command of form to engage heart and mind...the combination of soprano saxophone with wind ensemble is particularly gratifying. Soloist Carrie Koffman plays with melting tone and touching sensitivity...the playing of the Hartt School Wind Ensemble throughout is outstanding...Adsit is simply one of the finest conductors leading a wind ensemble today. The recording, done by staff and students of the Hartt School Music Production and Technology Department, is thoroughly professional...urgently recommended to all wind-ensemble fans.' (Fanfare)
'Violinist Anton Miller pivots easily between fiery and expressive, and he handles the most difficult passages with seeming ease. Kudos to Hartt's Director of Bands Glen Adsit and his very fine musicians for an outstanding recording.' (American Record Guide)