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The Eight Sounds

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1821 CD
Release date2011-12-01
Total time57:50

The three composers represented on this disc have all had different approaches to their respective works for saxophone quartet and string orchestra. With Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in mind, Sally Beamish has explored the idea of the four saxophones as a concertino, appearing both as an entity and as individual soloists against the ripieno of the strings. She consequently uses features of Baroque music, such as sequences and ornamentation, but also elements from traditional Scottish music. Steven Stucky has revelled in the sonic possibilities of the saxophone family, letting the soloists whisper, murmur, sigh, sing, squeal and even scream, while the strings are content mostly to form a modest backdrop. His Music for Saxophones and Strings falls into two sections – the first with a nocturnal, mysterious atmosphere, while the second is faster, skittish and playful with figures which in the composers own words may suggest ‘a distant echo of the bebop style’. Chen Yi, finally, has been inspired by the ancient music of her native China. The 'eight sounds' of the title refer to the traditional classification of Chinese instruments into eight different kinds, made of or with metal, stone, silk, bamboo, gourd, clay, leather and wood. The composer uses the saxophones and the strings to recapture her impressions of music she has heard played by Chinese villagers on old traditional instruments in various combinations. All of these three scores were composed for the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, an ensemble which has been likened to ‘the La Salle Quartet of the woodwind world’ and which has inspired countless composers to write for them. They are supported by the eminent Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Robin Engelen in the orchestra's first appearance on BIS.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Beamish, Sally
  Chamber Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Strings 21:03
01 I. Allegro giusto 06:19 $ 1.33 USD
02 II. Adagio 08:34 $ 1.80 USD
03 III. Allegro vivace 06:10 $ 1.30 USD
  Composer: Stucky, Steven
04 Music for Saxophones and Strings 15:37 $ 3.28 USD
  Composer: Chen, Yi
  Ba Yin (The Eight Sounds) for saxophone quartet and string orchestra 19:30
05 I. Praying for Rain 08:04 $ 1.69 USD
06 II. Song of the Chu 05:52 $ 1.23 USD
07 III. Shifan Gong-and-drum 05:34 $ 1.17 USD
  Album total 57:50
ComposerBeamish, Sally
Chen, Yi
Stucky, Steven
ConductorEngelen, Robin
OrchestraStuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Saxophone quartetRaschèr Saxophone Quartet
Chamber orchestraStuttgart Chamber Orchestra

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