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John Harle plays
Bennett, Berkeley, Denisov, Heath, Woods
with John Lenehan – Piano
The most original voice on the saxophone for many years, John Harle’s work is known throughout the international music scene, both as the commissioner of many classics of the contemporary repertoire, including Birtwistle, Taverner, Nyman and Bryars, and as a composer of some 100 film and TV scores and 30 concert hall works.
This timely re-release of a 1987 recording features three commissioned works – by Richard Rodney Bennett, Michael Berkeley and Dave Heath, all written for John Harle and his long time duo partner, John Lenehan, alongside pieces by Phil Woods, the great Be-Bop alto saxophonist, and the Russian Edison Denisov.
This is an important re-release as it is the only recording of many of these works, and has been much sought after by the general public and saxophone ‘affectionados’ alike.
Phil Woods’ haunting, jazz club world sits well with Bennett and Heath’s demi-monde of influences from Harold Arlen to Miles Davis, while the Denisov and Berkeley are both cries from the soul. Denisov as an angry rant, coming from his own musical persecution in Russia, while Michael Berkeley utters the keen for the dead.
- Phil Woods – Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano
- Richard Rodney Bennett – Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano
- Dave Heath – Rumania
- Edison Denisov – Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano
- Michael Berkeley – Keening
“… no-one is certainly doing more to extend the saxophone’s musically restricted repertoire.”
The Daily Telegraph
‘The five items on this disc are an excellent vehicle for Harle’s virtuoso eloquence: he does not play the saxophone, he soars on it…Lenehan is also a wonderful musician, and their partnership is magically sympathetic.’
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Playing Time: 68 mins.