The Coral Sea: new music for soprano saxophone and piano

A photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe and the playing style of Busoni’s favourite clarinettist are just two of the diverse inspirations behind these six recent British works, which are linked by their composers’ relationship to popular music. From the pounding muscularity of Graham Fitkin to the blues-drenched melancholy of Mark-Anthony Turnage, Edinburgh duo Sue McKenzie and Ingrid Sawers bring stylistic authority and idiomatic flair to everything they play on this, their debut recording.

"a varied, enjoyable CD of six recent works by British composers...The instrument's jazz heritage is ever present, from the bluesy rhetoric of Jackson's title piece to the sad poetry of Turnage's Two Memorials."

"McKenzie’s playing is touching and beautifully-crafted. Sawers supports that with sympathetic finesse."

"an agreeable collection of works…a strong roster of composers"

"The sound is terrific, the playing doubly so, and the production values top of the line. This is great stuff—you have to hear it; I don’t care what you may or may not think of the saxophone."


"A soprano saxophone album? Sounds unlikely-but it's neither specialist, nor file under easy listening...go buy"


Producer: Paul Baxter
Release Date: 11 February 2013
Catalogue No: DCD34121
Total playing time: 0:58:55

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