Kaleidoscope: Music for Saxophone Quartet | Gramola 99277

Kaleidoscope: Music for Saxophone Quartet


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Label: Gramola

Cat No: 99277

Barcode: 9003643992771

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 3rd November 2023



A similar magical world as the optical one, which is met when looking into and turning a kaleidoscope, is reflected acoustically in this programme, in which the Mobilis Saxophone Quartet shows very different and yet equally overflowing facets of the classical saxophone. The arc places great names of music history next to one of the most important composers for the early history of the saxophone in the 20th century and one of the current works by a prominent Austrian of our time. The instruments perform almost in the manner of an organ with J.S. Bach’s presumably most popular organ work, the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, in a colourful orchestral style with the Fledermaus Ouverture by Johann Strauss, in the manner of a chamber music string quartet with the Saxophone Quartet in B flat major, op.109, by Alexander Glazunov and in a spectral, quasi-electronic manner with the Saxophone Quartet by Georg Friedrich Haas. Soprano saxophonist and ensemble founder Michael Krenn: “With this colourful mix, we want to express our passion for all kinds of musical styles and reach listeners with diverse musical backgrounds. The title seems fitting to us because one should have a kaleidoscopic listening experience, surprised by the different sounds and fragments of music history.”

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