LUCIANO BERIO (1925-2003): Chemins IV for Soprano Saxophone and 11 Strings, 5 Duos for Saxophone and Violin, Récit for Alto Saxophone and Ensemble, 14 Duos for Saxophone and Violin from 34 Duos for 2 Violins, PIERRE BOULEZ (b.1925): Dialoque de l'ombre double for Saxophones and Electronics, ANTON WEBERN (1883-1945): Quartet for Violin, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 22.
Catalogue Number: 05J114
Reference: AECD 0860
Description: These are versions with saxophone of seminal works of 20th-century music, plus one originally written thus. The Berio Chemin IV derives from the oboe Sequenza, with its anchoring polar note and dazzling virtuosity. The Duos, adapted from the violin duos each bearing the name of a dedicatee and a marked stylistic reference to those who were composers (though without quotation). These are brief, highly approachable, almost 'light' Berio, with a quasi bel canto lyricism. This is also present in Récit, harmonically rich, with an intense, singing role for the saxophone soloist. The Boulez, an electroacoustic work, was adapted from clarinet to saxophone in collaboration with the composer. The soloist carries on a series of dialogues with pre-recorded, spatially projected material. Webern's trio is noteworthy in that he employed the saxophone as a regular woodwind instrument, in a classically structured, dodecaphonic work. Vincent David (saxes), Ensemble Quaerendo Invenietis; Renaud Déjardin.