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Amy Dickson proves she is today's foremost classical saxophone player
Amy Dickson released what was one of the best classical CDs in recent years with her debut CD, "Smile" (January 2009). That CD was transcriptions for saxophone and piano of Romantic works, such as Rachmaninov's Vocalise, and it succeeded in showing that the classical saxophone deserves to be taken seriously. Her silky smooth tone and versatility is what places her a cut above other classical saxophone players. Here she plays transcriptions of Phillip Glass' Violin Concerto and a work by John Tavener for cello and orchestra, as well as a work by Michael Nyman, originally written for saxophone and orchestra. The first two works come off the best; the Glass Concerto sounds much better for saxophone and orchestra than its original violin version. It is a thrilling piece, thrillingly performed by Dickson and the Royal Philharmonic. The Tavener is a much quieter, lyrical piece that succeeds in drawing the listener in, especially with Dickson's breathless (no pun intended!) saxophone playing. The Nyman is a less interesting work, but Dickson plays it beautifully. The sound quality throughout is outstanding. If you had previously written off the classical saxophone, try this album. It will make you think again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.