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LAWRENCE GWOZDZ, SAXOPHONE Rascher International TROY289 - Price: $16.99
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A perfect release for the advanced saxophone listener and student!

Sigurd Rascher's influence on the development of a body of music suitable for performance by saxophonists is truly international. He is a man with a mission. For nearly fifty years he traveled the globe as a concert artist appearing as soloist with both major and provincial Orchestras, and as a recitalist in concert venues large and small. During his years as a frequent traveler, he was constantly on the lookout for promising young composers whom he encouraged to create fresh new works for the saxophone. These efforts have resulted in a large percentage of the best music yet composed for the instrument. In addition to encouraging the creation of original music for the saxophone, Rascher transcribed a number of preexisting compositions, both classical and traditional, so that they could be performed and enjoyed by saxophonists and their audiences. He did so much to establish the saxophone as a viable medium for serious artistic expression, and through his example and teaching encouraged numerous other saxophonists to continue on the same path he blazed. All of the music recorded on this disc has some association with the great man himself. Lawrence Gwozdz, a former student of Rascher, is Professor of Saxophone at the University of Southern Mississippi. He concertizes extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Contents:
Erwin Dressel, composer
Partita fur Alt-Saxophon und Klavier
Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano

Will Eisenmann, composer
Nevermore - Kleine Ballade, Op. 28
Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano

Siegfried Fournes, composer
Stuck fur Saxophon und Klavier
Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano

Percy Aldridge Grainger, composer
Molly on the Shore
Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano

Jules Massenet, composer
Mediation from Thais
Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano

Slavko Osterc, composer
Sonata Za Alt-Saxophon In Klavir
Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano

Henry Purcell, composer
Two Bourrees
Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano

Takefusa Sasamori, composer
Variations on Taki's Kojo No Tsuki
Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano

Erland Von Koch, composer
Birthday Music for Sigurd Rascher
Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Steffen Hass, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano

Review:
"German saxophonist Sigurd Rascher, now 91 years old, influenced the development and literature of the instrument the way Casals did for the cello and Segovia for the guitar....All of these works, from countries around the world, were inspired or commissioned by Rascher. All are tuneful, worthwhile, some even intricate and profound, though none are earth-shattering. These kinds of discs rarely are. But Gwozdz plays with a soft, mellow, fluently articulate tone; and I must say that this is one of the more pleasing recitals I have heard." (American Record Guide)
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