Latin American Dances: Works for Saxophone and Piano | Naxos 8579078

Latin American Dances: Works for Saxophone and Piano

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8579078

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 13th August 2021



Virtuoso duo Sándor Rigó and Christina Leeb-Grill have taken Jean Françaix’s description of his own work, ‘musique pour faire plaisir’, as the motto for this programme. Dance styles and rhythms are at the heart of this repertoire, from the spectacular Brazileira with which Milhaud concludes his theatrical Scaramouche, through Piazzolla’s refinement of tradition in his Tango-Études, to the Brazilian rhythms showcased in Villa-Lobos’s Fantasia. Paquito d’Rivera adapted his Invitación al Danzón especially for this recording, providing Sándor Rigó with space to demonstrate his brilliance in improvisation.

This recital is the perfect antidote to the dark memories of the last year, being a lively and highly enjoyable programme by Latin American composers or other well-known composers who were under the spell of Latin American influences, performed by one of today’s leading saxophone and piano duos.

Many of these pieces are adaptations or arrangements of pieces that are already popular in other versions, such as the delightful piano duo/duet Danses exotiques by Jean Françaix, and Darius Milhaud’s irrepressible Scaramouche. The names Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla are always a draw, and all of the saxophone/piano arrangements of Cuban composer Paquito d’Rivera’s supremely fun-filled works, some made as a result of personal contact with the duo, appear here as world-premiere recordings.

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