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I've been noticing many new saxophone CD releases lately, and have not heard much about them. Anyone heard or have anything to say about the following recordings?

Rascher Saxophone Quartet "From Equinox to Solstice"

Debra Richtmeyer "Extravaganza"

Claude Delangle "Historic Saxophone"

Clifford Leaman (Leslie Bassett Concerto)

Apollo Saxophone Quartet "Words and Pictures"


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Thanks OANegrin - that's the first I've heard about any of those, except for the DeLangle disc. I'll be keeping my eyes open.
 

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I have the Rascher Quartet CD as well as Debbie Richtmeyer's CD. I have not yet had a chance to give them a listen, as I have been preparing for a recital. I will try and listen to them this weekend and let everyone know what I think.

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Also, probably not officially released yet, but the New Century Saxophone Quartet is selling their new CD "J.S. Bach - The Art of Fugue". A new recording that plays in all CD players but designed for use in a Hybrid Super Audio system.

I have heard this one, and must say the performance is brilliant overall. After being coached by Stephen Preston, the world's pre-eminent baroque flautist and choreographer, the NCSQ plays Bach as if they are living in the 18th century. They create an approach to the saxophone that embraces baroque performance practice without having to mimic the sounds of period instruments.

Get this one. http://www.newcenturysax.com

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The Apollo CD 'Words & Pictures' is not a new one, I think the reason for its title is that they collaborated with poet Lemn Sissay on that album, but it's 5 or more years old I think. Their latest one was Songs for Us which I know you have ;-) but they have been recording some new quartets written for them by Barbara Thompson, hopefully that will be out soon.

Isn't Debra Richtmeyer known for electronic saxophone playing? - at least I have only read of her in that context.
 

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Steve!

Prof. Richtmeyer is actually pretty well rounded. I know of recordings of her playing everything from baroque transcriptions to standard repertoire to the electronic thing. Even an avant-garde saxo/oboe duet which is pretty interesting.

Shoot me an email when you get a chance. Also let us know when/if Sarah Field will be releasing a CD.

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Debra Richtmeyer's new cd is excellent. Her soprano saxophone tone is so rich and dark that you swear that she is playing an oboe or english horn on the Strauss oboe transcription.

Delangle's new Historic Saxophone is also excellent. Some tremendous early pieces that are worthy of revisiting. It is truly amazing how beautiful he sounds on his 1900 Adolphe Sax alto. (Arno Bornkamp's album entirely played on an Adolphe Sax alto is also stunning).
 

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relatively new (2002) major league recording, major league performance, and major league pianist :

Charles Koechlin -- Le Saxophone Lumineux:Complete Works for saxophone and Piano

Federico Mondelci, alto and tenor

Kathryn Stott, piano (!!!)

Chandos 9803

did I mention major league pianist?
 

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I also bought the Delangle album and lifted the listing below from the www.bis.se website. Its played on all the SATB saxes. The alto is a 1900 Adolphe Sax model with original wooden mouthpiece, the others are his usual Serie III and II. Unlike Bornkamp's CD which also includes some of this material, the piano is a modern Steinway rather than a vintage instrument so it is much brighter and clearer. Its very well recorded and some of the playing is sublime. The material itself is very dated and melodramatic, in almost all cases the pieces are a theme and variations. The sop and alto playing is superb but I am not as taken with Delangle as a tenor player. I think I may have come across some of this material on another CD by him, the sleeve notes say the material was recorded in 98 and 99 and I think at least one or two items are familiar but my collection is not well enough organised to check easily. For students of classical sax, this is an important CD, although I don't think there is much I'd actually want to play myself!

Historic Saxophone
Jules Demersseman: Fantaisie sur un thème original [alto saxophone]; Premier Solo (Andante et boléro) [tenor saxophone]; Deuxième Solo (Cavatine) [baritone saxophone]. Jérôme Savari: Fantaisie sur des motifs du Freischutz [alto saxophone]. Paul Agricol Genin: Variations sur un thème espagnol; Solo de concours du Conservatoire [alto saxophone]. Jean-Baptiste Singelée: Caprice [soprano saxophone]; Fantaisie [soprano saxophone]; Concerto [tenor saxophone]; Solo de Concert [baritone saxophone]. Joseph Arban: Caprice et variations [alto saxophone]. Léon Chic: Solo sur la Tyrolienne [alto saxophone]. Hyacinthe Klose: Daniel (Fantaisie dramatique d'après E. Depas) [alto saxophone]
 

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Two more!

Debra Richtmeyer performing "Dream Dancer" by Michael Colgrass with the U. of Illinois Wind Sympony CD _Dreams and Achievements_

Nobuya Sugawa performing the Henri Tomasi Concerto with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra on their CD _Live in Chicago_ (this is a different recording than the one found on Sugawa's CD "Die Heldenzeit").

Both of these are available at http://www.markcustom.com.

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Singlereed,

I don't recall Delangle having released any of those selections prior to his "Historic Saxophone" CD.

However, saxophonists who have recorded much of the early repertoire found on that CD include Arno Bornkamp (on period instrument), Fabien Chouraki, and Daniel Gauthier, among others.

Please shoot me an email when you get a chance.

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Paul Brodie's new CD "Ambassador of the Saxophone"

Demersseman: Fantaisie sur un theme original
Debussy: Rapsodie
Gershwin: Three Preludes
Milhaud: Scaramouche
Bonneau: Caprice en forme de valse
Albinoni: Adagio
Villa-Lobos: Air, from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Cimarosa: Concerto
Handel: Sonata No. 6 (on 'nino)
Saint-Saens: The Swan (on F alto)

http://www.encode.com/brodie

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Two new re-releases.......

John Harle plays Bennett, Heath, Denisov, Berkeley. On Clarinet Classics label. http://www.clarinetclassics.com. Re-release of his 1987 CD "John Harle's Saxophone".

Mario Marzi "Rapsodie Francaise". Re-release of his earlier CD "Scaramouche" (Desenclos, Ibert, Schmitt, Jolivet, Debussy, Francaix, Milhaud). Available at http://www.amazon.com.

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Yes I got the 'new' Harle one without realising it was a reissue. Still, I didn't have the original so it's nice to have the material and it is a good disc. His website says he has another release lined up for later this year on Black Box (same label as Simon Haram) with his new sax quartet - John Harle, Simon Haram, Christian Forshaw, Andy Findon. Thats a good line-up, there are several Nyman Band/London Saxophonic alumni in there. Christian is now prof of saxophone at London Guildhall and took Stephen Cottrell's plae in Delta Sax Quartet. Andy Findon is also known in the profession as probably the loudest flute player alive.
 

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Just found these, not sure how new...

Jeremy Brown "In the Company of My Soul"
-Albright Sonata
-Gallois-Montbrun Six Pieces Musicales d'Etude
-Eagle Intonare
-Bell Animus
-Archer Sonata

Dominique Tassot "20th Century French Music for Saxophone"
-Tomasi Concerto
-Caplet Legende
-Absil Fantaisie-Caprice
-Constant Musique de Concert
-Debussy Rapsodie

Anyone own or hear these yet?

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New as of February 2004:

Harvey Pittel "Emerging and Celebrated Repertoire for Saxophone and Band, Volume III: La Linge - La Sonorite Tribute to Marcel Mule"

Bruch "Kol Nidrei"
Dahl "Concerto"
Williams "Theme from Schindler's List"

and another concerto that I can't seem to find the composer, no matter where I look.

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The Rascher Saxophone Quartet appears on a new CD entitled "Dennis Russell Davies Performs Philip Glass" on the Orange Mountain label.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...id=I2R9MK0J57NZGL&v=glance&colid=VETFE2SDO2YJ

The Rascher Quartet performs "Passages", which I believe is another concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra, or possibly an orchestral work that features the saxophone quartet prominently.

I heard a few minutes of this, and was so impressed that I drove home and bought it immediately. Thanks to Dr. Paul Cohen for showing me this one.

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William Street's new CD "My Very First Solo"

-Werner Heider: Sonata in Jazz
-William Albright: Doo-Dah (with Paul Bro and Scotty Stepp)
-Jan Bach: My Very First Solo
-Edison Denisov: Sonata
-Piet Swerts: Klonos

Thanks to Tracers from classicsax.com for letting me listen for a bit.

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