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Aaron Copland
Quiet City
and other works for saxophone

Christopher Brellochs, saxophone
Paul Cohen, saxophone

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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   This world premiere recording resurrects the unpublished score of Aaron Copland's incidental music for the Irwin Shaw play Quiet City, in a new adaptation by Christopher Brellochs.

    During his doctoral studies Brellochs obtained a copy of the unpublished manuscript to Quiet City from saxophonist and historian Paul Cohen.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.

  1. Quiet City - Aaron Copland (1900-1990), adapted by Christopher Brellochs     13.39
      Donald Batchelder, trumpet – Mitchell Kriegler, clarinet & bass clarinet
      Christopher Brellochs, alto saxophone – Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

  2. Ballade - Leo Ornstein (1893-2002)     3.59
      Paul Cohen, alto saxophone – Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

  3. Sound Moves Blues - Robert Aldridge (b.1954)     10.30
      Mitchell Kriegler, clarinet – Christopher Brellochs, alto saxophone
      Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

      Lyric Suite - Walter S. Hartley (b.1927)
      Paul Cohen, tenor saxophone – Richard Clarke, viola
      Lois Anderson, piano
  4. I. Prelude     2.53
  5. II. Scherzino     1.19
  6. III. Nocturne     3.27
  7. IV. Gigue     1.03

      Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano Op.37 (“Alpine”) - Lawson Lunde (b1935)
      Paul Cohen, soprano saxophone – Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano
  8. I. Allegro moderato     5.06
  9. II. Vivo     3.41

      Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone and Piano - Seymour Barab (b.1921)
      Donald Batchelder, trumpet – Christopher Brellochs, alto saxophone
      Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano
10. I. Allegro     1.37
11. II. Slow waltz     2.43
12. III. Allegro     2.10
13. IV. Molto lento     4.32
14. V. Allegro molto     1.59

      Total Time     58.38

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