Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Unusual concertos [89]: Saxophone quartet

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 80+ this time.

The eighty ninth concerto is the fourth to deal with a larger group of players rather than a single or double instrument. The saxophone quartet (image credit) is a musical ensemble composed of four saxophonists, typically employing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. I have selected the concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra by Tristan Keuris, in the version by the Rascher Saxophone Quartet and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Otto Tausk. It is available on a Quattro CD box.

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