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Idit Shner

Le Merle Noir

ORIGIN CLASSICAL 33017

“...an impressive showing.”
The Washington Post

For her newest recording, saxophonist Idit Shner presents a "mid-century modern" recital of original and arranged works for saxophone and piano. All of the compositions date from 1939-1977 including original works by Eugene Bozza, Paul-Baudouin Michel, and Philip Glass, along with arrangements of pieces by Olivier Messiaen (Le Merle Noir, for flute and piano), Ross Lee Finney (Sonata in A minor, for violin and piano), and Odon Partos (Yizkor, for cello and orchestra). Accompanying Shner is the incomparable pianist Svetlana Kotova.

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TRACKS:

CONCERTINO (1939) Eugene Bozza (1905-1991)
1. I Fantasque et leger 4:27
2. II Andantino 4:02
3. III Tarentelle 4:03
4. LE MERLE NOIR 5:36 (1951) Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), arr. Idit Shner
5. יזכור YIZKOR (in memoriam) 9:37 (1949) Odon Partos (1907-1977), arr. Idit Shner
6. SCARAMOUCHE 2:30 (1944) Eugene Bozza (1905-1991)
7. MOUVEMENTS 6:57 (1977) Paul-Baudouin Michel (b. 1930)

GRADUS (1968) Philip Glass (b. 1937)
8. Part I 5:17
9. Part II 3:26

SONATA IN A MINOR (1957) Ross Lee Finney (1906-1997), arr. Laura Hunter (1971)
10. I Allegro moderato con moto 5:37
11. II Largo sostenuto 2:58
12. III Allegretto con spirito 4:09

PERFORMERS:

Idit Shner - soprano & alto saxophones
Svetlana Kotova - piano

PRODUCTION:

Produced by Idit Shner
Recorded & mixed by Billie Barnett
September 4-7, 2012 in Beall Hall, University of Oregon
Mixed at Gung Ho Studios, Eugene, Oregon
Cover painting by Kathie Nichols
Artist photography by Jack Liu
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

REVIEWS:

All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
Dr. Idit Shner has released two previous recordings for the Origin Arts imprint: Tuesday's Blues (2009) and Fissures: 20th Century Music for Saxophone and Harp (2010). The multi- reedist returns with her second Origin Classic release addressing the music of a host of 20th Century composers, including Philip Glass and Olivier Messiaen. She plays alt...

 

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