Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet

Italian Baroque

”Concerto Grosso No. 8” – A.Corelli
”Concerto Grosso No. 1&2” – A.Scarlatti
”Orfe”o – G.Pergolsi
”Salve Regin”a – G.Pergolsi

Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet:

Torben Snekkestad – soprano saxophone
Maret Enke Petersen – alto saxophone
Jeanette Balland – tenor saxophone
Charlotte Andersson – baritone saxophone

Guests: Mathias Hedegaard – vocal
Viggo Mangor- organ/producer

Released on CLASSICO RECORDS October 2006

Producer: Viggo Mangor Executive producer: Peter Olufsen

About this record:

The overwhelming response from both press and audience to the quartets former record with Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas incited the Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet to take on even more baroque music, especially the Italian. The choice fell on three composers who are represented on this CD, i.e. Arcangelo Corelli, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Giavinni Battista Pergolesi. This time, contrary to Domenico’s piano sonatas, the challenge was making arrangements/transcripts of more orchestral baroque works as saxophone and baroque music are a somewhat unusual combination. These days, with a highly fulfilling focus turned on original instruments and practice of performance, performing this kind of music on a saxophone might almost be considered a “musical-political incorrectness”, However, the infinite ingenuity and powerful, melodious vein of Italian baroque music form an altogether too tempting musical material for an ensemble like CSQ. If played in respect towards tradition, and with a cultivated approach, this music, when subjected to the four saxophones is perceived as surprisingly natural. In order that CSQ might play some of their favourite works, and to create variation in the tone, they have invited Viggo Mangor on baroque organ and Matthias Hedegaard on vocal to join them for some of the works. The composers of this CD very much express a violently emotional music. Listen and experience how this prominent Danish chamber music ensemble breathe life into these emotions and give the music of the baroque a new and exiting interpretation.

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