Release Date: March 1, 2012
Catalog #: NV5870
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century

The Conscious Sleepwalker

Alejandro Rutty composer

Cuarteto de Saxofones 4mil
Mayan City Sinfonietta | Alejandro Rutty conductor
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronsky conductor
Red Clay Saxophone Quartet
Kiev Philharmonic | Robert Ian Winstin conductor

Through his Argentinean tango-infused classical works, composer Alejandro Rutty has carved an original, unique niche in classical music, blending tango, electronic, and classical elements into a cohesive whole. On the multifarious THE CONSCIOUS SLEEPWALKER, his first album on Navona Records, Rutty presents works for saxophone quartet and orchestra that explore concepts ranging from explorations of tango within pop culture of the future to half-dreams versus fictional reality. The album’s title piece has been received widespread critical acclaim, having been called “a terrific curtain-raiser” (Boston Globe) and “amusing an immediate test of the ensemble’s mettle” (New York Times). Through acclaim for his music, receipt of a grant through the Copland Fund, and his impeccable ability to blend, mash, and transform genre, Rutty is a worth contender as a leading experimenter of the 21st century.


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Artist Information

Alejandro Rutty


Composer Alejandro Rutty is best-known for his distinctive mix of South American styles, lyrical melodies, meticulous rhythmic detail, and textures suggested by modern recording processing techniques.

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra


The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the foremost and oldest symphony orchestras in the Czech Republic. It is based in the historical capital of Moravia, the city of Olomouc, and has been a leader of music activities in the region for the past 70 years. Its artistic development was directly influenced by distinguished figures from the Czech and international music scene.

Petr Vronský


After successes in several important international competitions for conductors — including the competition in Besancon France in 1971 and the Karajan Competition in Berlin in 1973 — his career began at the opera company in Pilsen. From 1974 to 1978, he was Chief of Opera of the State Theater in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. In 1978, he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held until 1991. Vronsky was later appointed Chief Conductor of the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava in 2002.