Release Date: March 11, 2016

Catalog #: NV6032





1 Concerto for Soprano Saxophone & Orchestra

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra  |  Petter Sundkvist, conductor

Anders Paulsson, soprano saxophone



Recorded November 28 1996 at the Swedish Radio Symphony

Orchestra at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm Sweden


Recorded and edited by Jan B. Larsson


Cover Design Vincent Gagliostro


Executive Producer Bob Lord

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

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Concerto for


Saxophone &






I met the Swedish saxophonist Anders Paulsson in the early 90s through my friend and mentor John Corigliano. Anders, always a very entrepreneurial sort of musician, was to be the focus of a 1996 concert on Swedish Public Television. Fortunately for me, the program included funding for a commission of a new concerto, and Anders kindly asked me to compose something for soprano sax and large orchestra.


The resulting piece, which I later subtitled Romp, is a sort of hero’s journey in the manner of the maximal sorts of tone poems of an earlier century. It is in a three-movement structure: sonata form; ballade; and rondo. After I had completed it, it took on the character of a narrative piece for me, as though some imaginary protagonist faced difficulties, enjoyed blissful happiness, and finally grew in maturity.


The first performance took place at the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, a concert hall/radio studio and a center of Swedish broadcasting, as part of the concert featuring Anders that was broadcast live. The miraculous Swedish Radio Orchestra was

conducted by Petter Sundkvist, which produced a performance that matched every idea and musical gesture that I had

imagined with absolute fidelity.


- Jonathan Sheffer



Composer and conductor Jonathan Sheffer has had diverse career in music, spanning the worlds of classical, opera, dance, and film and television. Born in New York City, Mr. Sheffer graduated from Harvard University, where his teachers included Leonard Bernstein, and later attended The Julliard Extension School and the Aspen School of Music.


Mr. Sheffer’s range of works comprises television and feature film scores, works for orchestra, solo piano, concertos, musicals, and short operas. In addition to several scores for Hollywood films, including Encino Man, Pure Luck, A Shallow Grave and others, his most recent films include the documentaries Mann v. Ford (HBO) and the German/Israeli film, The Decent One, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. He has also served as conductor for many major films, including Alien 3, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Batman Returns, Interview With The Vampire, Across The Universe, and many more.


His most recent orchestral commission was a work for children, The Conference of the Birds, which had its premiere in 2014 at the Cabrillo Festival, conducted by Marin Alsop. His opera, Blood on the Dining Room Floor, produced off-Broadway in 2000 and revived several times since, received the Richard Rodgers Production Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was the focus of a Guggenheim Works & Process series event. He has had fellowships at both Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, and in 2003 he was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.


Mr. Sheffer made his conducting debut with the San Diego Symphony in 1991. In 1995 in he founded the Eos Orchestra in New York, receiving an ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award as a laboratory of new programming ideas. Eos toured nationally, performed at the White House and was the focus of a PBS Special, and the recipient of a Grammy nomination. In 2001, he was invited by a group of musicians and arts donors from Cleveland to lead a new organization with a similar mission. The result was Red {an orchestra}, which performed similar programs for six seasons.


In addition to Eos and Red, he has conducted orchestras, opera, dance and at various festivals, including the New York City Opera, The Spoleto Festival (Italy), and the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Sheffer has conducted the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera, the Mark Morris Dance Company at BAM, and in 1996, he led the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Edinburgh Festival.


As part of his activities in arts and culture philanthropy and political action, Mr. Sheffer has been an active political fundraiser and advocate for the arts in government. He has served on the board of Directors of VH1 Save The Music, the New York City Opera, and was the appointee of the New York City Council to the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He iscurrently a Councilmember of the New York State Council on the Arts.




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