SOLAS – Gerard McChrystal, saxophones • Christian Wilson, organ

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'CD of the Week' (BBC Radio Ulster 'Classical Connections') Available now from FHR! (official release 19 June 2020)
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SOLAS features music by Haydn, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, Alain and Vinci arranged by Gerard McChystal and Christian Wilson along with original works by Barbara Thompson and James Whitbourn. The album not only highlights beautiful sounds from the soprano and alto saxophones but also features the incredible energy of the sopranino saxophone, rarely recorded.

Digital single from SOLAS released 5 May 2020 [FHR97S]
George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759): Eternal Source of Light Divine, HWV 74
(Listen on Spotify, Apple Music, Presto Classical etc)

Gerard McChrystal
sopranino, soprano and also saxophones
Christian Wilson organ

Leonardo VINCI (1690–1730)
1–2. Adagio and Allegro (from Flute Sonata No. 1 in D major)

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809)
3. Adagio (from String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 1, No. 1, Hob.III:I, ‘La Chasse’)

Nicolas Chédeville (1705–1782)
(previously attributed Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741))
4–7. Sonata No. 6 in G minor, Op. 13, RV 58, ‘Il pastor fido’

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) << also released as a single (digital platforms only): 5 May 2020 [FHR97S] >>
8. Eternal Source of Light Divine, HWV 74

Barbara THOMPSON (1944–)
9. Green (2002)

10. Cara sposa, amante cara, dove sei? (from Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act I)

James WHITBOURN (1963–)
11. A Brief Story of Peter Abelard (2011)

12–15.  Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 6, HWV 364a

Jehan ALAIN (1911–1940)
16. Choral phrygien, AWV 76 (1935)

Henry PURCELL (1659–1695)
17. When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III)

Recorded at The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, The Tower of London
Engineered and produced by Ken Blair • Edited by Will Anderson and Charlie Hembrow
24bit, 44.1kHz hi-resolution recording and mastering

Press Quotes

“…here is an unusual duet which turns out to be a great discovery… his [McChrystal’s] way of playing is transcendent, and from this mixture comes new harmonies and shimmering sonorities which make this recital not lunar, but solar.” (Classqiue HD)

“From the mixed album ‘Solas’ which I would definitely recommend you investigate” (Classic FM, Rob Cowan)