Surfaces and Essences

Prized Possessions (2014) by Viet Cuong (b. 1990)
1 I. Mother’s Monster
2 II. Beggar’s Lace
3 Surfaces and Essences (2017) by Christopher Biggs (b. 1979)
4 Motion Lines (2016) by Joseph Sowa (b. 1984)
5 heteronym/ (2016) by Emily Koh (b. 1986)
6 Tell: Quartet (2016) by Victoria Cheah (b. 1988)

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In its first 35 years on the scene, the PRISM Quartet has proven that the saxophone quartet is one of the most versatile chamber music ensembles, capable of expressing music created in an extraordinary range of styles—from works that exploit a level of homogenous blending perhaps only otherwise attainable by a string quartet to wild, raucous scores involving improvisation and myriad extended techniques. PRISM has now served as a muse for generations of composers, so it is perhaps fitting that, for this latest addition to their extensive discography, the group features a set of new works written for them by five younger composers, only one of whom was born before PRISM came into existence. Surfaces and Essences features a remarkable collection of works by rising stars Christopher Biggs, Victoria Cheah, Viet Cuong, Emily Koh, and Joseph Sowa.

PRISM Quartet
Timothy McAllister, soprano saxophone
Zachary Shemon, alto saxophone
Matthew Levy, tenor saxophone
Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxophone

Record Label / Catalogue Number:
XAS 108

Release Date:
April 17, 2020