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GRYC, S.M.: Passaggi / ZIVKOVIC, N.J.: Tales from the Center of the Earth / SCHWANTNER, J.: Recoil (Hartt School Wind Ensemble)

Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.572109
Label Naxos
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Stephen Gryc and Nebojsa Zivkovic composed their concertos—Passaggi and Tales from the Center of the Earth, respectively—for the instruments they play themselves. The artistic integrity and natural virtuosity of these major works is further magnified by the astonishing musicianship of the soloists, trombonist Joseph Alessi and percussionist Benjamin Toth, each a much acclaimed musician. Joseph Schwantner’s highly rhythmic Recoil contrasts with the simple and eloquently lyrical beauty of the lullabies by Leslie Bassett and Joseph Turrin, which evoke an adult’s longing for childhood innocence.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2009

Four 21st century compositions for wind band that take us into a new and adventurous sound world. Each share a general tendency towards tonality, the most extensive score coming from Stephen Gryc, trombonist and composer, who was commissioned to write a concerto for Joseph Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Passaggi consists of three pictures of musicians who have influenced Gryc, two slow movements preceding a final scherzo. It is a work that showcases Alessi’s silky smooth playing, only in the virtuoso last movement allowing his brilliance to take over. The other percussion ‘concerto’ score comes from Nebojsa Zivkovic, and was composed for Benjamin Toth, the soloist in this performance. In two



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