David Maslanka is an American composer whose music we feel strongly about here at Albany. We are pleased to be able to bring you this world premiere recording of two important pieces for saxophone. Mr. Maslanka writes: "The Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano was commissioned by the North American Saxophone Alliance. It is a large, passionate and sometimes ferocious piece which mixes old and new elements. Song Book was commissioned by the artists who perform it on this disc. The movements of Song Book are relatively brief. They have a particular thing to say, a particular mood and attitude to express, and then they are done. I think of the pieces as emotional scenes. Whereas the Sonata tends to be overwhelming in its technical and textural demands, the lines and textures of Song Book are for the most part much simpler and quieter."
David Maslanka, composer Song Book Steven Jordheim, saxophone; Dane Richeson, marimba David Maslanka, composer Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano Steven Jordheim, saxophone; Cristina Dahl, piano
"David Maslanka... is an extremely skilled and imaginative composer." (American Record Guide)