- Tango Virtuoso, for ensemble
One unique way of keeping very familiar classics fresh is to arrange them for other instruments. The Signum Saxophon Quartett perform and interpret a few famous classical works, as well as a couple of other works that are no less of a joy to listen to. Grieg's "Holberg Suite" is a new take on a familiar piece, but the saxophonists are no less precise than excellent string musicians; each accent is observed, and the soprano saxophonist plays with as much agility as a violinist. In fact, all of the saxophonists have great agility and incredible synchronicity. They make the music seem effortless, even when it is taken at an incredibly fast tempo, as in the "Rigaudon." The quartet shows its versatility in immediately switching gears in the program with the "Tango Virtuoso," where the voices are set closely and the musicians convey great spirit and levity that express the spirit of tango. The Ravel shows the ensemble's ability to capture a graceful French style perfectly suited to the composer. One must certainly commend the arrangers of each of the pieces on the album, for they have understood perfectly how to adapt other instruments' timbres and colors to the saxophones. Bartók's "Six Romanian Folk Dances" are a wonderful, haunting listening experience to those familiar with the work played on the violin or by string ensemble. The Shostakovich pieces are full of fun and show off the different colors of the different saxophones, effusive with lively, jaunty energy. The CD concludes with the dark, rich, heart-wrenching emotion of Pedro Iturralde's "Pequeña Czarda." The choice of programming keeps the listener actively engaged, and the sheer talent of the Signum Saxophon Quartett brings the exciting pieces to life. It is a great album for saxophonists and music lovers alike. ~ V. Vasan
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Signum Saxophon Quartet Plays Ravel, Grieg, Schostakowitsch, Iturralde, Bartok, Escaich based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This quartet plays beautifully. For a moment, I thought I was listening to string instruments. But I realized it was because these musicians have such a great range of sound. I am not a saxophonist, but really appreciate the quality of this music.