The Glittering Plain


Lara James
Pavão String Quartet
Will Todd Trio

An exciting new disc from one of the UK’s leading exponents of contemporary saxophone.

Welsh performer Lara James commissioned a group of well-known and emerging UK composers to build this programme of contemporary works for saxophone, string quartet and jazz trio, starting with the simple brief of combining jazz concepts, sounds and harmonies with classical forms and structures. The result is a beguiling disc of premiere performances that showcases the talents of the performers and composers alike.

Featured composers include: Will Todd, Graham Lynch, Tim Garland, Ian Lawson, Mike Hall, Tim Barnes, Dave Stapleton & Huw Warren.

This is Signum’s second disc with Lara James, following 2009’s ‘Façades’ (SIGCD158) – a disc of contemporary saxophone works for classical trio and orchestra.

“The saxophone is in, and there’s no better performer than Lara James. From shades of jazz to thrilling expressionism, this recital earns your attention.” Classic FM Magazine

"I recommend this heartily to anyone but especially to jazz sax players – or classical folks interested in something a bit different and very attention getting! "Audiophile Audition

Track listing

  1. The Sparkling Heavens – Will Todd – 9.04
  2. Milonga Azure – Graham Lynch – 5.55
  3. Winding Wind – Tim Garland – 5.34
  4. The Moon for Her – Tim Garland – 5.29
  5. The Glittering Plain: I – Ian Lawson – 5.12
  6. The Glittering Plain: II – Ian Lawson – 6.16
  7. The Glittering Plain: III – Ian Lawson – 4.26
  8. Evensong – Mike Hall – 4.19
  9. No More Tomorrow – Tim Barnes – 2.42
  10. A View through an Open Door – Dave Stapleton – 7.43
  11. Is It August Yet? – Huw Warren – 5.11

Additional information


Lara James
Pavão String Quartet
Will Todd Trio

Release Date: 19th Mar 2012
Catalogue No: SIGCD286
Label: Signum Classics

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