Scenes from a Mountain is a selection of music which Richard Ingham & Mary McCarthy enjoy playing from Scotland, Serbia, Japan, Italy, Ireland, and the United States. The album presents music for saxophone, piano, and accordion from the eighteenth century to the present day: classical music, contemporary works, traditional music and jazz.
Richard Ingham is a saxophonist, composer, conductor and educator. He has given recitals in Europe, USA, Canada, India, China and Thailand, is a member of the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble, and has written many works including Through a Landscape and Walking the Cowgate for saxophone quartet, Nature Morte au Panier for solo viola, Drift o’ Rain on Moorland Stane for reader and chamber ensemble, and Mrs Malcolm, Her Reel (Funky Freuchie) for jazz orchestra. He conducted the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain on tour in Europe and in China and Thailand. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and is Fellow in New Music and Composer in Residence at the University of St Andrews.
Mary McCarthy is a pianist, accordionist and celebrated Suzuki piano tutor. She directs Suzuki teacher training courses in Scotland, Ireland and South America.
Richard and Mary are based in Scotland and have given many concerts together in the UK, USA and India.
“Richard Ingham and Mary McCarthy’s sensitivity and love of the music comes across in their playing. Throughout the CD there is great ensemble awareness as well as skillful control of their instruments. Haunting melodies are beautifully shaped and well balanced.”
Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine
“Brilliant versatile virtuousity”
Herald Insight, India
“The combination of solo instruments and orchestra led to marvellous textures….Ingham’s beautiful soprano saxophone distinct and soaring…the third movement was excellent, an energetic sort of Gaelic bothy band medley that seemed simply relentless”
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