VANISHING POINT

Verhiel   Lioncourt   Thomas   Bedard   Hemke   Bozza   Enns

 

Allen Harrington saxophone

Lottie Enns-Braun organ

 

OVERVIEW

 

Ravello Records presents VANISHING POINT, featuring saxophonist Allen Harrington and organist Lottie Enns-Braun in an unusual instrumental pairing not often heard in classical repertoire. “The saxophone and organ are wind instruments that rarely occupy the same space at the same time,” says Enns-Braun, “and it is our contention that this seemingly incongruous combination is actually quite perfect.”

 

The duo showcases this striking sonic blend with a vibrant collection of pieces, written mostly by living composers and those active in the 20th century. Guy de Lioncourt’s Kyrie setting Melodies Gregoriennes juxtaposes 10th century liturgical chant styles with a modern harmonic sensibility, and on the transcription of Eugène Bozza’s lullaby Chanson à bercer, the duo’s regular encore, the saxophone gently soars over the organ’s lush underpinnings.

 

Partita Breve by Ton Verhiel and Sonate I by Denis Bédard are both Baroque-inspired contemporary works that bring the era’s signature formal structures into a modern setting.  Augusta Read Thomas provides two intensely expressive pieces, Angel Tears and Earth Prayers, that lay bare emotionally-driven material both personal and universal.

 

Frederick Hemke contributes two miniatures contemplative Norwegian folk song arrangements, Un Mi Gud et Lite Rom (“Grant me God a little room”) and Hus Gud Er Idel Glede (“In God is eternal joy”), which impart a different and distinct flavor to the album.

 

The collection draws to a close with the title track, Vanishing Point by Leonard Enns. Across its three movements, the piece moves from a frenzied and energetic opening to an ethereal and calm dissolve, blurring the divisions between beginning and end, conflict and resolution.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Allen Harrington and Lottie Enns-Braun have been performing as a duo since 2005. Countless recitals later, they have been featured on Winnipeg’s Westminster Organ Series and at the 2016 Royal Canadian College of Organists’ National Convention

 

In addition to his career as a performer, Allen Harrington teaches saxophone, bassoon, and chamber music at the University of Manitoba. He has released two CDs through Ravello Records of his duo work with pianist Laura Loewen: METROPOLIS (RR7889) and THE POSTCARD SESSIONS (RR7934)

 

Lottie Enns-Braun is the organist and director of music at Young United Church in Winnipeg and organist at the University of Manitoba, as well as a member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. She is a prominent presence in the Winnipeg music scene, both as a soloist and as a collaborator in ensembles

 

Dr. Frederick Hemke is an internationally recognized saxophonist, and served extensively as a member of the faculty at Northwestern University, teaching among many others, Allen Harrington

 

Augusta Read Thomas’s 2006 Angel Tears and Earth Prayers were recorded immediately following the Paris attacks in November 2015, giving voice and expression to the resulting feelings of horror, helplessness, and hope felt by the two musicians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: November 18, 2016

Catalog #: RR7948

 

 

TRACK TITLES

 

Partita Breve   Ton Verhiel (b. 1956)

Prelude

Menuett and Trio Hymne

Gigue

 

Clémens Rector   Guy de Lioncourt (1885-1961)

 

Angel Tears   Augusta Read Thomas  (b.1964)

 

Earth Prayers   Augusta Read Thomas  (b. 1964)

 

Sonate I   Denis Bédard  (b. 1950)

Invention

Barcarolle

10  Humoresque

 

11  Und Mig Gud et Lite Rom   arr. Frederick Hemke  (b. 1935)

(Trad. Norwegian)

 

12  Hos Gud Er Idel Glede   arr. Frederick Hemke  (b. 1935)

(Trad. Norwegian)

 

13  Chanson à Bercer   Eugène Bozza  (1905-1991)

 

Vanishing Point   Leonard Enns  (b. 1948)

14 Con vivo

15  Slow, peaceful

16  Adagio

 

CREDITS

 

All tracks recorded November 16-18, 25 & 26, 2015

at Young United Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

 

Recording Session Engineer and Producer Dan Donahue

Organ Technician Edwin Foidart

Saxophone Technician Kevin Junk

 

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Brandon MacNeil

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Production Engineer Lucas Paquette

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Designer Emily Roulo, Ryan Harrison

Marketing Mike Mahn

 

 

ALSO ON RAVELLO RECORDS

 

THE POSTCARD SESSIONS

(RR7934)

 

 

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