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Stephen Cottrell; Peter Whyman; Gareth Brady; Chris Caldwell
The Delta Saxophone Quartet, formed in 1984, is Britiain’s longest established saxophone chamber group, and has commissioned some of the World’s leading composers, including Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin and Michael Finnissy.
- Philip Glass – Mishima Premiere Recording for quartet
- Steve Reich – New York Counterpoint Premiere Recording for quartet
- Terry Riley – Tread on the Trail Premiere Recording for quartet
- Gavin Bryars – Alaric 1 or 11 Delta Quartet commission
- Michael Nyman – Songs for Tony
This intriguing and thought-provoking collection includes their first commercial recording of the work written for them by Gavin Bryars. Three founders of the American minimalist movement are represented, the Glass and Riley being world premiere recordings in these versions. The disc is completed by a piece by Michael Nyman, now one of the most popular and well known composers in the world.
“The Delta Saxophone Quartet makes light of the extraordinary technical demands of this work and its forays into the extreme altissimo registers and control of multiphonics are most impressive”
BBC Music Magazine
Steve Reich – New York Counterpoint; Philip Glass – Mishima; Gavin Bryars – Alaric I or II; Michael Nyman – Songs for Tony; Terry Riley – Tread on the Trail.
Playing Time: 87 mins.