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Convergence: Sopranino Saxophone Across the Centuries - transcriptoins of Locatelli, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Faure et al. / Farrell Vernon, sopranino saxophone

Album Summary

>Locatelli, Pietro A. : Sonata for flute & continuo in D major, Op. 2/5
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in C minor, HWV 366/Op. 1 no 8
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Giuliani, Mauro : Duo Concertant for violin & guitar in E minor, Op. 25
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento II, KVA 229/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme
>Sinding, Christian : Rustle of Spring (Fruhlingsrauchen), for piano, Op. 32/3
>Bonneau, Paul : Caprice en forme de Valse
>Debussy, Claude : Six Epigraphes antiques
>Cavalcante, Marcos S. : Farben, for saxophone & guitar
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Recording information: Sweetwater Sound, Ft. Wayne, IN (2010/2011).



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A Small Sax With A Big Sound
Convergence is the third album by Farrell Vernon featuring the sopranino saxophone. This saxophone sounds an octave above the alto saxophone and is the second smallest member of the saxophone family. It is one of the seven saxophones originally patented by Adolphe Sax in 1846. This particular saxophone has never gained the popularity that most of the others have enjoyed. It has remained neglected until more recently and recordings of the sopranino are scarce. One of Vernon’s other recordings is aptly entitled The Forgotten Saxophone.

The sopranino’s relative obscurity could partly be attributed to the technical difficulties one encounters to play it; particularly the tuning and control of tone. Few composers have specifically written for the sopranino, therefore it is rarely played other than by saxophone ensembles, or in contemporary music performances, or by jazz soloists.

The music presented on Convergence spans several centuries - from baroque to contemporary. The quality of tone Vernon produces throughout the album is captivating and colourful yet remarkably consistent throughout the registers. It is often said that the timbre of the higher pitched saxophones is somewhat ‘oboe-esque’, although here, the rich, lower tones evoke more a hint of cor-anglais, particularly in the baroque tracks. The sopranino voice sings beautifully in the classical pieces such as Fauré‘s Sicilienne and Delibe’s Flower Duet, while a brighter and more typically ‘nino-istic’ sonority characterises the playing in the Debussy and Cavalcante. The variable instrumentation of the accompaniments, which include guitar, piano, harpsichord, strings, bass clarinet and percussion provide additional contrast and interest. The pieces are all well arranged and skilfully crafted to suit the sopranino and will hopefully encourage more composers to write specifically for this versatile instrument.

Overall this album is well produced, masterfully played and a joy to listen to. It certainly shines a bright spotlight on the sopranino saxophone as a solo instrument. You don’t have to be a saxophonist to enjoy Convergence.
Submitted on 04/08/14 by Nigel Wood 
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Works Details

>Locatelli, Pietro A. : Sonata for flute & continuo in D major, Op. 2/5
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Laura Lydy (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in C minor, HWV 366/Op. 1 no 8
  • Performers: Wayne Peterson (Harpsichord); Farrell Vernon; Melanie Bookout
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1711

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 :: Courante
  • Performer: Farrell Vernon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 :: Menuetto 1 & 2
  • Performer: Farrell Vernon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 :: Gigue
  • Performer: Farrell Vernon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Giuliani, Mauro : Duo Concertant for violin & guitar in E minor, Op. 25
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Laura Lydy (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento II, KVA 229/1 :: Theme, Variations et Menuet
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Thomas Walsh (Sax); Stacy Maugans
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento II, KVA 229/1 :: Theme, Variations et Menuet
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Thomas Walsh (Sax); Stacy Maugans
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento II, KVA 229/1 :: Theme, Variations et Menuet
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Thomas Walsh (Sax); Stacy Maugans
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Hamilton Tescarollo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/16/1898

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Theme, Variations et Menuet
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Thomas Walsh (Sax); Hamilton Tescarollo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Sinding, Christian : Rustle of Spring (Frühlingsrauchen), for piano, Op. 32/3
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Hamilton Tescarollo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Bonneau, Paul : Caprice en forme de Valse
  • Performer: Farrell Vernon
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Debussy, Claude : Six Épigraphes antiques :: 5. Rondo
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Hamilton Tescarollo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Debussy, Claude : Six Épigraphes antiques :: 5. Pour l'Egyptienne
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Brandon Ford (Percussion); Brandon Ford (Vibraphone); Brody Vernon (Percussion); Sue De Vito
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Cavalcante, Marcos S. : Farben, for saxophone & guitar
  • Performers: Farrell Vernon; Marcos Cavalcante (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern