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    Default Original Release of John-Edward Kelly's "Saxophone Works" CD

    Kelly mentions on his website that "Saxophone Works of Ibert, Martin, and Larsson" was originally released on the "Line Classics" label and that the reissue on Arte Nova compromises the sound quality somewhat. I'd love to hear this recording in its original glory. Have any of you heard (or even seen!) the original release of this CD?

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    On a related issue, I just realized that it's been a looong time since a new Kelly release. He's got a dozen CDs listed on his website but they've all been out for quite a while. Anyone know of anything in the pipeline? A CD with Glazunov, LeFanu, and Meyer concertos has been listed on the Emergo Classics website (www.emergoclassics.com) since forever but I assume it isn't actually going to come out.

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    Emergo has been out of business for many years, I have no idea about that recording. John is now in Finland, performing Kalevi Ahos concerto (today and tomorrow) and hes also recording it with Tapiola Sinfonietta for an upcoming BIS release. I was listening to the concert today and will be there also tomorrow. An outstanding performance once again (I think hes been here a dozen times) since 1980s.
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    Thanks for the info, Olli-Pekka. That's one to look forward to. I assume the Emergo CD went down with the company. Too bad it can't be pried loose from Emergo and released on another label.

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    I spoke with Mr. Kelly about his Glazounov recording this past March. He (like Olli-Pekka) confirmed that the Emergo line had gone out of business and that once this happened, all of their master tapes were seized. He doubts that the recording will ever be released, and if it is, it won't be for a long time. I do hope that he releases another recording in the near future, he is truly a great artist.
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    I heard recently that he is in the process of putting together his own quartet. I believe it will be called the John Kelly Quartet. The instrumentation will be rather unique for a professional quartet as it will be an alto-alto-tenor-baritone configuration. I guess since his altissimo is so good he doesn't need a soprano. I've heard he is trying to find composers to write for this special quartet setup. I hope some good pieces come from his search!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKauth
    [...] the Emergo line had gone out of business and that once this happened, all of their master tapes were seized. He doubts that the recording will ever be released, and if it is, it won't be for a long time.
    Perhaps we can title that one "Saxophone Works But Company Fails."

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    HA! That was a good joke, and it made my day!

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    You must have had an incredibly humor-free day.

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    Default Re: Original Release of John-Edward Kelly's "Saxophone Works" CD

    I finally found a reference to the CD mentioned in the original post 11 years ago in the Florida State University music library (and a couple of other libraries around the world): http://fsu.catalog.fcla.edu/fs.jsp?s...fl=ba#hFSMUSCD

    They give the details as Hamburg : Cantus Records, p1992, catalog # CACD 9.01219 Cantus

    The parent label is Line Music, thus Kelly's reference to a "Line Classics" label. I presume Cantus was the classical label of the parent. They even have a website: http://linemusic.de/

    Having finally solved that - anyone happen to have an extra copy laying around ?
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