More of a Yo Yo Ma of the saxophone than a Jan Garbarek or Lisa Simpson, Fancher will make fans out of even the staunchest of saxophobes.
Susan Fancher was more than just 25% of one of the best sax quartets around; the Amherst. Her clean, agile soprano tones bring a whole new dimension to these classics of the contemporary sax world. From her luminous overdubbed arrangement of Steve Reich’s minimalist classic New York Counterpoint to Scelsi’s shamanic wailing and Ben Johnston’s microtonal filigree, Fancher reveals her exquisite sense of line and solo artistry.
Music both minimal, plaintive and expressive from some of the finest sax and non-sax associated composers.
Ms. Fancher is to be applauded not only for her outstanding playing, but also for her involvement in transcribing or commissioning virtually all of the works on this recording. Thanks to her insight and Steve Reichís approval, saxophonists finally have a work by one of 20th century's most revolutionary composers. This CD also features some exciting new works by Viennese composers, which are welcome additions to the saxophone repertoire. - Anthony Balester
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a strong and well-balanced program of contemporary music. - Francois Couture