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Anders Koppel: String Quartets; Mezzo-Saxophone Quintet

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>Koppel, Anders : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Koppel, Anders : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Koppel, Anders : Quintet for mezzo saxophone & string quartet

Album Summary

>Koppel, Anders : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Koppel, Anders : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Koppel, Anders : Quintet for mezzo saxophone & string quartet
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Danish composer Anders Koppel (b. 1947) has one foot firmly planted in the European classical music tradition, and the other in world music, rock and jazz. On this album the two worlds meet when the Sjælland String Quartet are joined by Koppel's son, the jazz icon Benjamin Koppel. The composer has tailored his quintet to the distinctive mixture of the classical string quartet and the custom-built mezzo saxophone, which with this recording can be heard for the first time ever on CD.

Catholic News Agency
This quartet is a hoot, with the music slithering across the dance floor in tangos and sambas. I find it irresistible. The music leaves behind the dance floors of Argentina and inhabits a world of spiritual stillness of the kind captured so effectively by Arvo PSrt... Koppel depicts... an intimate, sparkling place, a harmony of the spheres in which man is at home. This comes close to my favorite string quartet album of the year.

Audiophile Audition
Kudos to saxophonist Benjamin Koppel (the composer's son) and the Sjaelland String Quartet for idiomatic and flawless performances in riveting sound. This is a magnificent disc that demonstrates how ingratiating and fresh new music can be. Don't miss it!

ClassicsToday.com
Best of all - and the primary reason to purchase this disc - is the Quintet for Mezzo Saxophone and String Quartet. Okay, while the "custom-built mezzo saxophone", heard here "for the first time ever on CD", may be an intriguing draw for some listeners, I have to say that to my ears its sound is little different from an alto saxophone. Nevertheless, this makes no difference regarding the work for which it appears here. The Quintet is a luscious, sexy, richly characterful piece firmly rooted in jazz idioms yet holding court in the most sophisticated arenas of classical style. The saxophone is not just a gratuitous addition but stands as an integral part of the work - Anders Koppel has created something not only sensible but laudable and repeatable and demanding of a place in the concert repertoire, an achievement already noted in our review of his saxophone concertos. Make this a priority.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Danish Academy of Music (2010-05-11_2010-05-12&2010-).



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>Koppel, Anders : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Notes: Royal Danish Academy of Music (2010-05-11_2010-05-12&2010-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Koppel, Anders : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Notes: Royal Danish Academy of Music (2010-05-11_2010-05-12&2010-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Koppel, Anders : Quintet for mezzo saxophone & string quartet
  • Notes: Royal Danish Academy of Music (2010-05-11_2010-05-12&2010-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008