Simply Gifts

Lawrence Gwozdz (alto saxophone), Lois Leventhal (piano), Stephen Redfield (violin), Lawrence Gwozdz (saxophone)

Catalog #: TROY0378
Release Date: March 1, 2000
Format: Digital

Born to Polish-American parents in Niagara Falls, New York, Lawrence Gwozdz has achieved an international reputation for his success at revealing the inherent qualities of the saxophone intended originally by its inventor, Adolphe Sax. His debut in New York's Weill Recital Hall was described in Musical America as an "extraordinary performance of contemporary music" with "the kind of timbre Adolphe Sax most likely had in mind...always with subtlety and taste." He is Professor of Saxophone at the University of Southern Mississippi, and did indeed study with Sigurd Rascher, among others.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano Stephen Dankner Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano
Dance Suite for Violin, Alto Saxophone, and Piano Walter Hartley Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano, Stephen Redfield, violin
Lento drammatico Zdenek Lukas Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano
Five Preludes Robert Starer Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano
Angels Stephen Suber Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophone, Lois Leventhal, piano


  • "Performances... glow, and the record sound is almost perfect. This is that rarity, a sax recital that can be recommended to the general listener as well as specialists. This is a keeper."

    – Fanfare

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