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New Sentury Saxophone Quartet

Jean-Baptiste Singelée, Alfred Descenclos, Elliot Del Borgo, Bob Mintzer, Michael Torke

SKU: 17998

Year of release: 2002

Premier Quatuor, Op. 53 18:17
1. Andante, Allegro Jean-Baptiste Singelée 06:02
2. Adagio Sostenuto Jean-Baptiste Singelée 05:59
3. Allegro Vivace Jean-Baptiste Singelée 01:47
4. Allegretto Jean-Baptiste Singelée 04:28
Quatuor 31:39
5. Allegro Non Troppo Alfred Descenclos 05:27
6. Calmo Alfred Descenclos 05:28
7. Poco Largo, Ma Risoluto / Allegro Energico Alfred Descenclos 05:56
8. Quickly Elliot Del Borgo 06:01
9. Gently Elliot Del Borgo 04:21
10. With Vigor Elliot Del Borgo 04:25
Quartet #1 in Three Movements 12:04
11. Allegretto Bob Mintzer 03:20
12. Slowly Bob Mintzer 04:49
13. Allegro Bob Mintzer 03:54
14. July Michael Torke 07:19
Total time: 69:21

About this album

The saxophone quartet repertoire is and has always been a paradox; since the ensemble itself is still seen by many people as a rarity, the assumption quickly follows that there must not be much repertoire. The fact is that the saxophone quartet is a very common chamber ensemble and has been since shortly after its invention. In universities and conservatories it is as common to find saxophone quartets as it is string quartets. Since the ensemble itself is almost 150 years old it follows that that there is a large volume of repertoire, larger than even many saxophonists are aware. The problem is that, while there is great breadth in the literature there is not a corresponding depth. This is not unusual the same can be said for the music of just about any instrument its just that due to the relatively late invention of the saxophone we missed having music written for us by many of the great composers throughout history, and so by comparison to string quartets (for example), we saxophonists come up admittedly short in the area of masterworks….

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Apeldoornse Courant

(...) uitstekende staalkaarten van de specifieke klank- en kleurmogelijkheden van deze ensemblevorm, die daarnaast een groot beroep doen op de technische vaardigheden van de musici. (...)

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Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSadie Audio system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Analog To Digital ConverterPrism 24 bit / Genex Recorder
Recording DateMay 2001
Recording LocationDoopsgezinde Kerk Deventer, The Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording Engineerjared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks