Otis Murphy (Saxophone)
Contents Ran: Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory – String Quartet No. 3 I. That Which Happened II. Menace III. If I Perish, Do Not Let My Paintings Die IV. Shards, Memory
Higdon: Voices I. Blitz II. Soft Enlacing III. Grace
Zwilich: Quintet for Alto Sazophone and String Quartet I. Quarter Note Equals 66 II. Quarter Note Equals 132 III. Quarter Note Equals 60
The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet performs works by three Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary composers: Shulamit Ran, Jennifer Higdon, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Written for the Pacifica and receiving its world-premiere recording, Ran’s Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory — String Quartet No. 3 is a moving tribute to painter Felix Nussbaum, who perished in Auschwitz in 1944. Higdon’s Voices, dedicated to the Pacifica, evokes explosive energy, otherworldly calm, and spiritual serenity. In Zwilich’s Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet, a lusciously singing saxophone shares the spotlight with virtuosic string playing. The Pacifica, quartet in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, partner with their IU colleague, renowned classical saxophonist Otis Murphy.