Where violins become saxophones

Where violins become saxophones

Gerhard deutschmann "american dreams was the motto of this concert, which, with one exception, included works by the most important american composers.

Due to an injury to tenor saxophonist edoardo zotti, who was replaced by koryun asatryan, the program, which had originally included a violin, had to be changed. Together with claus hierluksch (soprano), ricarda fuss (alto) and jure knez (baritone saxophone), the quartet impressed with high virtuosity, colorful sound and seamless interplay. In addition, there was interesting and instructive information about the history of the origins and further development of the instrument used today in many music cards.

The concert began with a work by the still-living minimalist steve reich, whose composition "new york counterpoint" was a work of the same name with constantly repeated, alternating ostinati and a sampler switched on, it tries to capture the pulse of the big city. With the precise rendition of this sound study the arcis quartet gave a preferable visiting card.

Antonin dvorak, who spent several years in the u.S., was inspired by the pentatonics of the black population in a series of compositions written there, as well as in his string quartet in F major, which is therefore also known as the "american quartet is called.

Bernstein and gershwin

To hear this work with all four movements played by a saxophone quartet took some getting used to before one accepted the new sound and realized that saxophones also have a broad range of expression and a rich dynamic palette. At most, the slightly shrill high notes of the soprano saxophone can occasionally be a bit disturbing. Otherwise the grateful work was rendered atmospherically, with many nuances of sound, lively and musically.

Perfect for saxophones is of course the "westside story" by leonard bernstein, whose 100. Birthday is commemorated this year. In a refined, jazzy arrangement, the arcis quartet brilliantly and sensitively played a rich suite, where the well-known "schlager" songs were played mambo, maria, tonight, I feel pretty and america were not to be missed.

The "classic" saxophone came to the fore once again in a successful saxophone version of the solemn "adagio for strings by samuel barber. The highlight of the evening was the "porgy and bess" show-suite by george gershwin in the harmonically unique, demanding arrangement by sylvain dedenon, which the arcis quartet interpreted in a driving and highly virtuosic manner. As an encore after enthusiastic applause, the audience experienced the lively 4. Set of "ugros from "old hungarian dances by ferenc farkas.

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