M. Zachary Johnson | Saxophone Music of M. Zachary Johnson - Live at Steinway Hall

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Saxophone Music of M. Zachary Johnson - Live at Steinway Hall

by M. Zachary Johnson

Richly romantic, fiery, melodic music for the saxophone "unlike anything else being written today."
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Scherzo for Alto Saxophone & Piano
3:24 album only
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2. Serenade for Solo Alto Saxophone
4:59 album only
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3. Solitude (piano solo)
5:48 album only
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4. I Adagio from Grand Sonata for Alto Saxophone & Piano
11:00 album only
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5. II Scherzo from Grand Sonata for Alto Saxophone & Piano
7:46 album only
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6. I Scherzo from Quintet for Saxophones & Piano
3:24 album only
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7. II Adagio from Quintet for Saxophones & Piano
11:15 album only
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8. III Epilogue from Quintet for Saxophones & Piano
12:42 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Brian Horner, Saxophone
Elizabeth Wolynec, Piano

The Mannes Saxophone Quartet
Javier Oviedo, Eric Osman, Christina Monaco, Keith Kreindler
with Kyle Adams, Piano

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“The sound [Johnson] creates is something entirely new: the richness and lyricism of the Romantics, rendered on an entirely different instrument, with a unique timbre and 'voice.'… The Scherzo's minor key, a rhythm that moves in unpredictable stops and starts, and a melodic line that is constantly darting up and down the scale, never quite coming to rest, all combine to create a sense of mystery and intrigue… 'Solitude'… is more contemplative... the rich harmonies and slow, thoughtful pace give the sense of being admitted to a man's private thoughts and reminiscences… I found myself involuntarily humming its melody... enough complexity to keep the mind constantly engaged, but with enough unity to be grasped and remembered as a single whole... The Scherzo from the Quintet for Saxophones & Piano... is a fast-moving piece with a driving rhythm that keeps building to a powerful crescendo… I was astonished by the sense of explosive energy this piece was able to create.”
--"The Mini-Dark Age and the Second Renaisssance" by Robert Tracinski, TIA Daily, Aug. 3, 2006

"The compositions express a full range of emotions: the saxophones evoking tender, warm, playful, and noble feelings, while the piano is lyrical, powerful, and struggling. The music was full of life, reflecting the glow of the city it was performed in."
-- "Full of Life" by Anna Franco, Music and Vision Daily--June 1, 2006

“Solitude is my clear favorite. From my very first listening of this piece, I have been captivated by it.”
--"Things of Beauty" by Sherri Tracinski, TIA Daily--May 16, 2006

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E Nonemaker

So refreshing!!
Johnson's music for saxophone and piano is an absolute gift to listen to! The sound is fresh, invigorating, and captivating. I've never heard anything like it. "Solitude" and "Scherzo" are my favorites. This is a must-have for lovers of classical music that are looking for something NEW!
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Rod Ellem

Very enjoyable music
Johnson's music is really wonderful. You can hear his influeneces clearly (Bach's Cello Siutes is an obvious one) and the playing is great. Well worth a listen to.
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Cathy Buckwalter

Absolutely am loving it (listening as I write)!
Didn't realize saxophone (other than Big Banders of the 40's and 50's)music with piano could be so beautiful and romantic and contemporary....and especially, memorable! Bought the CD for myself...will probably buy as gifts for others. Many thanks M. Zachary Johnson. Cheers to you!
Cathy Buckwalter
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