Recordings

John Adams City Noir Saxophone Concerto David Robertson, St Louis Symphony

May 6, 2014

Nonesuch Records released City Noir—comprising the title piece by composer John Adams and the debut recording of his Saxophone Concerto—on May 6, 2014. Both pieces are performed by the St. Louis Symphony led by Music Director David Robertson. Saxophonist Timothy McAllister is featured on both pieces.

PRISM Quartet/Music From China: The Singing Gobi Desert

March 24, 2014

Partnering here with the ensemble Music from China, PRISM 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. From Bright Sheng’s title track to Fang Man’s “Dream of a Hundred Flowers” this music is no simple fusion or mashup, but rather a deep integration of traditions, as reliant on the PRISM Quartet’s extended techniques.

John Cage Simone Mancuso Percussion And Guest Artists

December 20, 2012

In this new compilation of percussion and multi-media works by John Cage, Simone Mancuso presents riveting interpretations recording in life-like high fidelity. Included is Timothy McAllister’s version of “Ryoanji”, originally for oboe and percussion, heard here on soprano and alto saxophones.

Soprano Saxophone Concerto by John Mackey

November 1, 2012

Recorded in May 2009 for Tresona Multimedia, this thrilling concerto by John Mackey redefines the repertoire for the soprano saxophone and is performed here by one of the nation’s top collegiate wind ensembles and conductors with renowned soloist, Tim McAllister.

Philip Glass - The Passion of Ramakrishna / Meetings Along the Edge

September 9, 2012

The bonus track from the iTunes release of the Pacific Symphony’s The Passion of Ramakrishna by Philip Glass features Meetings Along the Edge, an early collaboration between Glass and Ravi Shankar. Here fully orchestrated, the track features PRISM Quartet members Timothy McAllister and Taimur Sullivan on soprano saxophones.

Heitor Villa Lobos: Sexteto mistico and other chamber music

May 3, 2011

Features Fantasia arranged for soprano saxophone and piano, and Sexteto mistico written for flute, oboe, alto saxophone, guitar, celesta and harp.

PRISM Quartet: DEDICATION

May 1, 2011

DEDICATION features music composed in celebration of the PRISM Quartet’s 20th anniversary in 2004 by a slew of today’s top composers with a knack for the sax. PRISM has expanded the world of the sax quartet through their commissions and performances since 1984. Their dedication has paid off with this virtuosic showcase of instrumental acrobatics.

David Laganella: The Calls of Gravity

November 30, 2010

PRISM Quartet performs David Laganella’s Leafless Trees (2010). Other works performed by pianist Marilyn Nonken and Ensemble CMN.

GLINT

June 29, 2010

Exciting new works for solo saxophone, saxophone and piano, and electronics by award-winning composers Kati Agocs, Daniel Asia, Caleb Burhans, Roshanne Etezady, Philippe Hurel, Kristin Kuster, Peter Terry, and Gregory Wanamaker. Heralded as “an amazing achievement” (Fanfare, Nov/Dec. 2010).

DG Concerts: John Adams City Noir

May 11, 2010

Re-live the excitement of the World Premiere of John Adams’ darkly atmospheric City Noir, the final panel of his southern California triptych. DG Concerts presents the live concert broadcast recording available directly on iTunes. Named by iTunes as the "Best Live Classical Recording of 2010"

Martin Bresnick: Every Thing Must Go

May 1, 2010

Most of the music on this recording honors artists whose works are going or have gone. The compositions celebrate the work of departed masters Yehuda Amichai, György Ligeti, Johannes Brahms and Willie Dixon (among others) and the title honors the last album recorded by Walter Becker and Donald Fagin of Steely Dan. The distinguished American composer Martin Bresnick’s compositions are performed throughout the world and he is the recipient of many prizes and commissions including The Rome Prize, The Berlin Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many others.

Oncoming Traffic (Robert Spring, clarinet)

April 13, 2010

Clarinet and saxophone join forces in this extraordinary display of technique and musicianship from clarinetist Robert Spring and Timothy McAllister.

PRISM Quartet: Breath Beneath

February 1, 2010

World Premiere recordings of new, exciting American quartets by Kati Agocs, Zack Browning, Roshanne Etezady, Ross Feller, Kristin Kuster, and Rand Steiger.

ANTIPHONY: PRISM Quartet and Music From China

December 20, 2009

East meets West in this stunning new collaboration between the PRISM Quartet and the acclaimed ensemble, Music From China, which specializes in contemporary and traditional works for ancient chinese instruments. The album includes world premiere recordings of works by Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Wang Gouwei, Lei Liang, Ming-Shiu Yen, and Tan Dun.

Gustavo Dudamel: The Inaugural Concert

December 14, 2009

This DVD features the Inaugural Concert of Gustavo Dudamel’s tenure as Music Director of the LA Philharmonic. Timothy McAllister is featured throughout as saxophonist in John Adams’ monumental new work, CITY NOIR.

Nixon in China

October 27, 2009

A longtime collaborator of John Adams and champion of his music, Marin Alsop directs this live recording of Opera Colorado’s 25th Anniversary Celebration production of Nixon in China, presented at Denver’s new Ellie Caulkins Opera House during the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention, and featuring an internationally recognized cast. The spectacle, drama, humor and pathos of this masterpiece remain as compelling today as when the opera was premièred in 1987.

Towers of Power

April 1, 2009

World Premiere recording of Daniel McCarthy’s Chamber Symphony No. 4 for Saxophones and Winds. Other works include Anthony Plog’s Flute Concerto (Brian Luce, flute) and Philip Glass’ Concerto for Two Timpani, featuring Jonathan Haas and Gary Cook.

PRISM Quartet: Concertos for Saxophone Quartet

March 17, 2009

PRISM presents World Premiere recordings of William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso and Steven Mackey’s Animal, Vegetable, Mineral with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. The works were recorded in May 2008, and the project marks PRISM’s fourth release on the innova label.

America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume XIII

February 6, 2008

Featuring Tim McAllister as Volume 13’s Headline Artist in his new recording of Philippe Hurel’s virtuosic spectral work, OPCIT (1984) for solo tenor saxophone.

Pitch Black: Music for Saxophones by JacobTV

January 7, 2008

Features Jacob ter Veldhuis’ quartets Pitch Black, Jesus is Coming, and Postnuclear Winterscenario No. 10. Also included are solo works Grab It! (Matthew Levy, tenor saxophone), Billie (Taimur Sullivan, alto saxophone), and The Garden of Love (Timothy McAllister, soprano saxophone).

Music for Saxophones by William Albright

October 1, 2007

The PRISM Quartet pays homage to William Albright (1944–1998) in this innova release. This remarkable disc of Albright’s principal works for saxophone offers powerful testimony to the full range of his personality and his fascination with the expressive power of the instrument. A composer whose works move from sublime laments to raucous jazz, Albright created an extensive body of saxophone repertoire that is at once virtuosic, soulful, and daringly eclectic. His deep affinity for the instrument lasted throughout his career, until a long struggle with alcoholism led to his untimely death at the age of 53. Albright exerted a profound influence on the artistic development of the PRISM Quartet during the ensemble’s formative years at the University of Michigan in the 1980s, inspiring them to champion new music with over 100 commissions by many of the nation’s most celebrated composers.

In Transit

April 11, 2006

This exciting album contains American masterworks by Milton Babbitt and William Albright and World Premiere recordings of new compositions by award-winning composers Roshanne Etezady, Gregory Wanamaker, and Mischa Zupko.

toys in the attic: Electroacoustic Music from UMKC iMPACT Center

January 10, 2003

Timothy McAllister performs Timothy Place’s Dandelions for alto saxophone and live computer processing.

Jerome Moross: Orchestral Works

October 31, 2002

Jerome Moross: Frankie and Johnny, ballet; Those Everlasting Blues, cantata for contralto or baritone, winds, piano, strings & percussion; Willie the Weeper, one-act dance cantata.

Cold Water Dry Stone

December 31, 2000

This recording, consisting entirely of the music of recently-named Composer-in-Residence Evan Chambers, creatively occupies these “in-between spaces.” Neither strictly classical nor strictly folk music, Cold Water Dry Stone nevertheless paints a broad portrait of Chambers’ musical life. Also featured is soprano Jennifer Goltz, who performs three songs on texts of Robert Tannahill (1774–1810), a poet and songwriter from Paisley, Scotland. The disc’s title work was commissioned by Quorum and premiered in New York’s Merkin Hall in 1999.

Scena

July 18, 2000

Timothy McAllister’s Scena attempts to show the unique side of the saxophone’s voice in today’s musical landscape by presenting works written to push the limits. In taking a fearless approach that feasts upon all manners of music, McAllister’s performance proves his ability to present a wide range of styles with an unwavering presence.

America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume V

July 1, 2000

Featuring William Bolcom’s Concert Suite for Alto Saxophone and Band performed by Timothy McAllister and the Crane Wind Ensemble, Timothy Topolewski, conductor.

Do It! Play the Saxophone

January 1, 1998

Timothy McAllister completed this recording project in 1998 in collaboration with noted music educator James O. Froseth called Do It! Play the Saxophone for G.I.A. Publications. Books available include alto and tenor saxophones, with over 70 minutes of music in each, including acoustical accompaniments and early improvisatory exercises.

Visions: Duo Nuova

August 1, 1996

This premiere disc by Duo Nuova contains world-premiere recordings of Rodney Rogers’ Lessons of the Sky for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, and Howard Harrison’s arrangement of Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives. Also featured are William Bolcom’s Lilith, John Anthony Lennon’s Distances Within Me, and transcriptions of works by Ravel and Platti.

Imaginary Landscape Percussion Music

February 21, 1996

The Michigan Percussion Ensemble, under famed director Michael Udow, has produced a canvas full of colorful selections that include several classics in the genre, and others which look to the future. Included are stellar performances of works by Christopher Rouse, Maki Ishii, and John Cage, as well as newer works by Julie Spencer, Brian Prechtl, and Kevin Beaver.

Border Crossings Percussion Music

October 5, 1994

Second version of Michael Kowalski’s Vapor Trails as well as works by Daugherty, Rouse, Udow and others.

Gringo Blaster The Music of Michael Kowalski

December 31, 1993

Featured on this disc is the World Premiere recording of Vapor Trails by New York Composer Michael Kowalski. The work is written for four saxophones, four percussionists, and solo bongos. The ensemble includes Colin Stetson, soprano saxophone, Jeffrey Rolka, alto saxophone, Christopher Creviston, tenor saxophone, Timothy McAllister, baritone saxophone, and members of the University of Michigan Percusssion Ensemble, Scott Parkman, conductor. The composer produced and supervised this Einstein Records release.