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Ballades for Saxophone and Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Following his 2002 CD Music for Saxophone and Orchestra, for which he performed demanding vehicles by Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Milhaud, and Villa-Lobos, Theodore Kerkezos turns to more expressly lyrical fare for this 2004 release. While these six ballades may be less overtly virtuosic than the earlier disc's concertos, they provide different challenges for the performer, not least among them the ability to maintain timbral consistency over a wide range and breath control in exceptionally long phrases. Kerkezos is clearly a skilled saxophonist, and his polished performances demonstrate both phenomenal technique and expressive depth. His program is a fine showcase for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Following his 2002 CD Music for Saxophone and Orchestra, for which he performed demanding vehicles by Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Milhaud, and Villa-Lobos, Theodore Kerkezos turns to more expressly lyrical fare for this 2004 release. While these six ballades may be less overtly virtuosic than the earlier disc's concertos, they provide different challenges for the performer, not least among them the ability to maintain timbral consistency over a wide range and breath control in exceptionally long phrases. Kerkezos is clearly a skilled saxophonist, and his polished performances demonstrate both phenomenal technique and expressive depth. His program is a fine showcase for his talents and is fairly enjoyable for its variety, though the works are not especially deep or moving. The best-known selections are Ravel's "Pièce en forme de habanera" and Piazzola's "Tango Suite," and these pleasant pieces are the disc's biggest attractions. Less familiar and inviting are the serious, concerto-like "Ballades" by Henri Tomasi and Frank Martin; and, obscure outside saxophone circles, the mournful "Ballade" by Dimitris Dragatakis and the flashy "Czárdás" by Pedro Iturralde receive their world-premiere recordings here. These minor works may appeal more to saxophone teachers and students than to a general audience. Naxos provides clear and vibrant sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313245420
  • Catalog Number: 8557454
  • Sales rank: 314,314

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ballade for alto saxophone & orchestra - Henri Tomasi & London Philharmonic Orchestra (15:35)
  2. 2 Ballade for saxophone, for alto sax, strings, piano & percussion - Frank Martin & London Philharmonic Orchestra (14:49)
  3. 3 Pièce en forme de Habanera, for solo instrument & keyboard (arr.) - Maurice Ravel & London Philharmonic Orchestra (3:06)
  4. 4 Tango apasionado, tango (from cycle, The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night): Preludio - Astor Piazzolla & London Philharmonic Orchestra (1:34)
  5. 5–6 Fuga y misterio, tango (from operetta, María de Buenos Aires) - Astor Piazzolla & London Philharmonic Orchestra (3:30)
  6. 6 Fugata, tango - Astor Piazzolla & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:25)
  7. 7 Oblivion, tango - Astor Piazzolla & London Philharmonic Orchestra (4:58)
  8. 8 Adiós Nonino, tango - Astor Piazzolla & London Philharmonic Orchestra (6:49)
  9. 9 Libertango, tango - Astor Piazzolla & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:46)
  10. 10 Ballade for saxophone & strings (Lullaby) - Dimitris Dragatakis & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:59)
  11. 11 Arrangement of Pequena Czarda, for saxophone - Pedro Iturralde & London Philharmonic Orchestra (7:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Theodore Kerkezos Primary Artist
Tomasi Primary Artist
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