Jacques Ibert - Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone and 11 Instruments
This is the piece I have performed most often with orchestra. For me, it has a special place in the saxophone repertoire and Ibert himself is said to have called the 2nd movement the most beautiful music he has ever written. And I couln’t agree more: After the first “jazzy” movement, the Aria is deeply touching and features the highly vocal quality of the saxophone.
The 3rd movement is highly virtuosic, however, never looses its neoclassical spark.
One of my favourites!
Alexander Glazounov - Concerto for Saxophone anD strings
The concerto of this Russian master has accompanied me throughout my career. Yet it is one of these piece, you never get tired of. You can always discover new things and it has grown with me.
Althoug written in the 1930s it is one of the few works for saxophone that can be considered ‘romantic’. It is a role that serves this instrument well with its long lines and dialogues with the orchestra.
Heitor Villa-Lobos - Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone and orchestra
Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos has used his own cultural background to write a piece that embeds the saxophone in a highly exotic vernacular. Not only the soprano saxophone itself brings connotations with ethnic music. The influence of traditional music in combination with the special instrumenation of strings and 3 horns makes it an extraordinary gem amongst solo concertos!
Gerald Resch - “… per speculum…”
This piece is special in several aspects: the clarity of music ideas makes it a pleasure to listen to and it is not a concerto that asks only technical abilities from the soloist. Its conception as sacral music asks for the search of depth within its solemn character. The improvised cadenza allows the soloist to give an own reflection on the biblic verse:
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.“
The recording with Kammerorchester InnStrument will appear in 2020.
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