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Main Street USA

New Century Saxophone Quartet

Martin Gould, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein

SKU: 9896

Year of release: 1996

1. Pavane Martin Gould 03:21
2. Main Street Waltz Martin Gould 02:07
3. Main Street March Martin Gould 02:02
Selections from Porgy and Bess Suite 16:52
4. Clara, Clara Martin Gould 02:09
5. Oh, I Got Plenty O'Nuttin' George Gershwin 01:11
6. Bess, You is My Woman Now George Gershwin 02:48
7. Oh, I Can't Sit Down George Gershwin 01:28
8. It Ain't Necessarily So George Gershwin 02:59
9. Summertime George Gershwin 02:38
10. There's A Boat dat's Leavin' For New York George Gershwin 01:58
11. Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way George Gershwin 01:37
12. Promenade George Gershwin 03:07
13. Three Quarter Blues George Gershwin 00:59
14. Merry Andrew George Gershwin 01:18
Selections from West Side Story 24:57
15. I Feel Pretty Leonard Bernstein 02:58
16. Balcony Scene (Tonight) Leonard Bernstein 06:05
17. Cha-Cha/Meeting Scene/Jump Leonard Bernstein 03:07
18. One Hand, One Heart Leonard Bernstein 04:17
19. Gee, Officer Krupke Leonard Bernstein 01:54
20. Scherzo Leonard Bernstein 02:12
21. Somewhere Leonard Bernstein 04:21
Total time: 54:45

About this album

Main Street USA Since the Saxophone Quartet literature is somewhat limited and is not well known, the New Century Saxophone Quartet often turns to arrangements in order to round-out their repertoire. Usually this means works written before the Saxophones invention in the 1840s by the Belgian inventor Adolphe Sax. With the more frequent use of the Saxophone in the 20th Century, especially in America, it was natural for me to turn to three of my most admired composers: Morton Gould, George Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein. Another logical reason for choosing these three was that they all used Saxophones in their compositions – including those on this disc. West Side Story is scored for the entire modern Saxophone family: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass! The music chosen also satisfies a request of NCSQ fans – that we perform some music they know with tunes that continue to play in their heads long after the concert is over. Most often one hears Hollywood or jazzed-up versions of the music on this disc. In contrast, I set out not to merely reduce these works for Saxophone quartet, but also to preserve the original flavor and feel of the music. This turned out to be quite a challenge, not only for me as arranger, but for the performers as well. To retain an orchestral quality and to cover all of the parts, the individual instruments are stretched well beyond their usual quartet roles. Additionally, each performer is required to play beyond what has been the standard range of their instruments both in pitch and sensitivity. An added but welcome intricacy was the use of percussion

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Apeldoornse Courant

(...) subtiel ingevulde percussie (...) (...) superieur ensemble spel en glanzende blaastechnieken staan ten dienste van inventieve arrangementen (...)

Fono Forum

(...) Das Ergebnis ist klar bis abgeklrt.

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog Convertersony
Mastering EquimentSony DAE 3000
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording Formatpcm 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateNovember 1996
Recording Locationprotestant Church Renswoude, The Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording EngineerTom Peeters
ProducerTom Peeters