German Saxophone SonatasHANS GÁL (1890-1987): Suite, Op. 102b, PAUL DESSAU (1894-1979): Suite, WOLFGANG JACOBI (1894-1972): Sonata, ERWIN SCHULHOFF (1894-1942): Hot-Sonate, ERNST-LOTHAR VON KNORR (1896-1973): Sonata, PAUL HINDEMITH (1895-1963): Sonata, ERWIN DRESSEL (1909-1972): 4 Bagatelles, BERNHARD HEIDEN (1910-2000): Sonata.
Catalogue Number: 09Q064
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Gál's 1949 suite, at 18 minutes, is the longest work here and, except for the saxophone version of Hindemith's 1943 horn sonata, it's also the only one not by a German composer written in the 1930s. Nothing is as blatantly modern as Schulhoff's Hot Sonate, but half were written for Sigurd Rascher and have at least some reference to popular music of the period. Given that the Nazis hated the saxophone in particular for its association with "American-Jewish-Negro jungle music", its ironic to find that von Knorr was a Wehrmacht music officer. 2 CDs. David Brutti (alto sax), Filippo Farinelli (piano).