Partnering with the ensemble Music from China, the PRISM Quartet presents works by four Chinese-born American composers: Bright Sheng, Lei Liang, Fang Man, and Huang Ruo. The Singing Gobi Desert reveals that saxophones and Chinese instruments have a natural, if unexpected, affinity.
Fusing many musical styles in an intimate but high-octane record, this band thrashes through tightly woven twists with the deftness and precision of a chamber ensemble and weight of a rock band. In this all-Boshnack set, the trumpeter is joined by clarinetist Beth Fleenor, pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Isaac Castillo, and drummer Max Wood.
World premiere recording of Steven Mackey's Stumble to Grace (written especially for Orli Shaham in 2011) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Robertson conducting. Also features John Adams's Hallelujah Junction (with Jon Kimura Parker) and China Gates.