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LM-7: Aquarius

first performed in August 2006

Between 1968 and 1972 the United States launched a series of manned space missions under the name “Apollo” which included the first moon landing (in July 1969). LM-7: Aquarius was the seventh lunar module that NASA sent into space, on the Apollo 13 mission. It was launched in April 1970 and would have been the third landing on the Moon, but the Command Module developed a technical failure and the three astronauts aboard were forced to use the Lunar Module’s resources as a “lifeboat” during the return trip to Earth, only narrowly escaping with their lives. Gabriel Jackson’s work for saxophone quartet takes not only its title from the mission but also the work’s underlying structure: the piece is in eleven continuous sections, the proportions of which are derived from the ten letters and the number of the title. Its character is unashamedly extrovert; in the composer’s words, “a show-off display piece with spot-lit solos for each player, a burst of collective virtuosity to blast them into orbit and beyond, eventually reaching a much stiller, distant place”.

from notes by Peter Reynolds © 2010


SIGCD227Download only


Track 1 on SIGCD227 CD1 [7'27] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD227 disc 1 track 1

Recording date
11 February 2009
Recording venue
The Malthouse, Canterbury, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Joel Garthwaite
Recording engineer
Roland Heap
Hyperion usage
  1. Flux (SIGCD227)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 2011
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