The CD La Danza is a collection of the most captivating dances in the repertoire for saxophone quartet. They present us with a world of different temperaments: rustic exuberance from Hungary, Irish gaiety and the breath-taking agility of the traditional Yiddish dances. The hypnotic charm of Danza from de Falla’s opera La Vida Breve contrasts with the wild tarantella of Rossini’s La Danza. Leonard Bernstein’s quirky dance miniature Cha-Cha is framed by the most popular tunes from West Side Story. Piazzolla’s tangos evoke nostalgic yearning, Lunder’sCharleston leaves us with a smile.
This journey through richly contrasting styles of dance is enlivened by the vocal versatility of the saxophone quartet and the distinct personalities of the different instruments. The result is a refreshing panorama of mood and colour with unexpected twists on familiar musical territory.