Get both of these fantastic albums.
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 Brevecontrasts 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’s Charleston 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.
Sirocco Saxophone Quartet performs a wide range of music, from ancient baroque transcriptions to brand new commissions. Following their debut album La Danza – a lively programme of dances featuring several transcriptions – for their second release CATCH the quartet developed a programme of purely modern music. They have chosen five pieces by excellent living composers, two of which were commissioned by the ensemble. The quartet is committed to the promotion of new music for their instrument and these talented composers greatly enrich the saxophone’s somewhat limited repertoire.
Through the vast array of colours, textures, sounds, harmonies and noises explored in these works, the saxophone comes alive and is truly in its element.