The new CD contains the first recording of Roberto Sierra’s “Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra,” as well as the world premiere of the title track, a Sierra composition for saxophone (James Carter), violin (Regina Carter), and string quintet.
Richmond, CA (PRWEB) April 1, 201: The extraordinary decade-long collaboration of jazz virtuoso James Carter and classical composer Roberto Sierra comes to a thrilling culmination with the release on May 17 of their first recording, “Caribbean Rhapsody.” Sierra’s “Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra,” composed for Carter and premiered in Detroit in 2002, is the centerpiece of the new Emarcy CD; a new Sierra composition, “Caribbean Rhapsody,” which features Carter, his musical cousin Regina Carter on violin, and string quintet, is a gorgeous companion piece. Two solo interludes on tenor and soprano saxophones respectively were composed by Carter in response to themes and elements in both of Sierra’s works.
“What immediately struck me was that he played with total command and mastery of the instrument,” says Sierra, a professor of composition at Cornell University. “James is the Paganini of the saxophone. He and the instrument are one. To me that was amazing, right from the start.”
The concerto was recorded in Warsaw with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero (music director of the Nashville Symphony). Carter was joined by violinist Regina Carter along with cellist Akua Dixon’s string quintet for the recording of “Caribbean Rhapsody” in New York. Michael Cuscuna produced the new album; Wulf Müller and Cynthia B. Herbst served as executive producers. Continue reading