Equipoise

Description: 
Boisterous balance of modernism and mayhem
Composers: 
Joseph Klein
William Kleinsasser
Performers: 
John Sampen
Nova Ensemble
Todd Markey
North Texas Chamber Players
Catalog Number: 
#611
Genre: 
new classical
electronic
Collection: 
saxophone
chamber
orchestra
Location: 

Denton, TX

UPC: 
726708661120
Price: 
$15.00
Release Date: 
Mar 29, 2005
Liner Notes: 
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Format: 
1 CD

Equipoise

One Sheet: 

If you like your chamber music terse, pithy, kinetic and explosive; if you like your food knotty, chewy; if you like your movies thoughtful and ingenious; then ask your store clerk if Equipoise is right for you. Four dense works, two each by Texan Joseph Klein and Marylander William Kleinsasser, offer you the kind of experience formerly reserved for the likes of Euro icons Berio, Ligeti and Xenakis. 

The virtuoso chops of star sax player John Sampen, rugged virtuoso ensembles, and a computer working overtime collide in this frenzy of campus energy. 20th Century ensemble repertoire got a kick in the rear just before the bell sounded.

Reviews: 

NEW MUSIC BOX
"I haven’t a clue what Joseph Klein’s music has to do with philosophy beyond titling this chamber piece Occam’s Razor, but it really doesn’t matter. The music just sounds good. ... Like a sonic tickling with counterpoint gone awry, the first movement is a dizzying euphoria that’s actually enjoyable to listen to." [FULL ARTICLE]

THE WIRE
"[Literary] references aren't essential to an appreciation of [Klein's] Occam's Razor, but they help underline its confident polyvalence and heighten its very real excitement.  The most impressive ensemble work I've heard from a young composer in a long time.... [Kleinsasser's] Concerto for Saxophone, Chamber Orchestra, and Computer... has the feeling here of a well assimilated work, confidently played by John Sampen and the Nova Ensemble."
Bryan Morton

KATHODIK
[Kleinsasser] "...the part of the solo instrument—moreover, an instrument of such versatility as the sax—acts, with its lightness and its unpredictability, as a counterpart to the magmatic sound of the orchestra and the controlled textures of the computer, creating an interesting and unusual polarity of musical and emotional situations." [FULL ARTICLE]
Filippo Focosi