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ARTE Quartett: Different Worlds

Track List

>Chintro, for saxophone quartet
>Moos-Ruef, for saxophone quartet
>Hioba, L' (after a Swiss melody), for saxophone quartet
>Schönster Abendstern, for saxophone quartet
>Dream of a Dying City
>Arabian Waltz, for oud, string quartet, tuba & frame dtrum
>Indian Trail, for saxophone quartet

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Founded in 1995, the Arte Quartett consists of musicians that have classical backgrounds, yet are stylistically open-minded - a fact that is shown by their intense cooperation with musicians and composers of various styles. The Arte Quartett is mainly committed to contemporary music and its various aspects.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Arte Quartet's "Different Worlds" album is divided into two halves: a set of short pieces and arrangements of traditional songs by the members of the quartet. The Swiss saxophone quartet has a wonderful polished sound that lends itself well to all of the music on the record, and the players have added their own touches to the traditional melodies in the first four tracks. Both works by Abou-Khalil - Dreams of a Dying City and Arabian Waltz - enjoy a happy marriage between Arab and Western influences. The harmonies and phrasing represent the Eastern, while the timbres of the saxophones represent the Western. The four pieces by John Zorn were originally written for his Masada band, with titles for the songs drawn from Judeo-Christian mythology. These arrangements are lively and compelling. While the quartet does a good job with them. The music is specialized to begin with, and is made even more so through the instrumentation. It seems that a record like this will likely be most interesting to saxophone players and enthusiasts.

Album Notes

Audio Mixers: Beat Kappeler; Moritz Wetter; Ron Kurz.

Audio Remixer: Beat Kappeler.

Arranger: Beat Hofstetter.


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