CHARLES KOECHLIN (1867-1950): 2 Sonatines for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, Op. 194 (No. 1*), Monodie for Alto Saxophone, Op. 216/9*, Le repos de Tityre for Soprano Saxophone from 11 Monodies, Op. 216, 24 Duos for Saxophones, Op. 186*, 15 Études for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 188, 7 Pièces for Horn and Piano - Nos. 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14 & 15 (for Tenor Saxophone), Epitaphe de Jean Harlow for Flute, Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 164 (members of Atem Saxophone Quartet, Filippo Farinelli [piano]), Wind Septet, Op. 165, La vie s'ouvre devant toi for Wind Septet and Va librement! for 11 Wind, Op. 165bis*, Prélude for Piano, Op. 209/5* (arr. wind septet Koechlin) (Orchestra Città Aperta Wind Ensemble; Farinelli), Sonatines, Op, 194 for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra (David Brutti [sax], Orchestra Città Aperta; Farinelli). * - World Premiere Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 02O051
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Although Koechlin had used a saxophone in orchestration prior to the period when these duos and etudes were composed, something not mentioned in the notes inspired him to create everything here but the wind ensemble pieces and a couple of other small works between 1943 and 1946. He possessed complete understanding of the technical capabilities of each of the four instruments in the family (all four are used in the Op. 186 duos although Koechlin only specified tenor and alto), making everything both challenging and rewarding for instrumentalists (not to mention listeners who particularly like the soft, velvety tones of the middle two sax voices). 3 CDs.