A concerto grosso is a Baroque-era form involving a small group of instrumentalists, called the concertina, in dialog with the ripieno or large orchestra. William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra was commissioned by the PRISM Quartet. A new recording by the PRISM Quartet and Temple University Wind Symphony is now available for streaming and download.
The piece originally premiered with the Detroit Symphony in 2000, and was later recorded by PRISM with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project for innova Records.
Mr. Bolcom has adapted the work for sax quartet and wind ensemble, which PRISM recorded with the Temple University Wind Symphony under Dr. Patricia Cornett for an April 22, 2022 release on BCM&D Records, the label of Temple University Boyer College of Music & Dance.