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Vivaldi's Five Seasons / Quintessence Saxophone Quintet

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Lettermann, Uli : The 5th season, for 5 saxophones (after Vivaldi)
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Notes & Reviews:

Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons numbers among the most frequently recorded and performed works of the musical world literature. Nevertheless, our ears never grow weary of hearing this music. It contains so much freshness and liveliness that in 2007 five saxophonists decided to undertake their own recording of it. With the Quintessence Saxophone Quintet the result is a concerto grosso in which all the saxophonists perform as soloists - and in an unusual instrumental lineup featuring two (!) soprano saxophones and one alto, tenor, and bass saxophone each. And because Vivaldi's music continues to inspire further reflection, Uli Lettermann has added a "fifth season" clearly deriving from Vivaldi in its motivic design.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performer: Lothar Bruweleit (Descant)
  • Ensemble: Quintessence Saxophone Quintet
  • Notes: Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bielefeld, Germany (11/11/2007-11/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Lettermann, Uli : The 5th season, for 5 saxophones (after Vivaldi)
  • Performer: Lothar Bruweleit (Descant)
  • Ensemble: Quintessence Saxophone Quintet
  • Notes: Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bielefeld, Germany (11/11/2007-11/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary