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Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers, Piazzolla: Chamber Music / Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet

Audio Samples

  1. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Rhapsody in Blue (Arr. J. Van der Linden)
  2. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Concerto in the Italian Style in F Major, BWV 971 "Italian Concerto": I. (Allegro) [Arr. K. Tochio] $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Concerto in the Italian Style in F Major, BWV 971 "Italian Concerto": II. Andante (Arr. K. Tochio) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Concerto in the Italian Style in F Major, BWV 971 "Italian Concerto": III. Presto (Arr. K. Tochio) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Die Dreigroschenoper: I. Overture (Arr. J. Harle) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Die Dreigroschenoper: II. Zuhälterballade (Arr. J. Harle) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Die Dreigroschenoper: VII. Kanonensong (Arr. J. Harle) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Die Dreigroschenoper: Medley (Arr. J. Harle) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Andante et scherzo: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Andante et scherzo: Scherzo $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Beckmann in New York: I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Beckmann in New York: II. — $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Beckmann in New York: III. — $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers & Piazzolla — Libertango (Arr. for Saxophone Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7)
>Weill, Kurt : Die Dreigroschenoper
>Bozza, Eugène : Andante and Scherzo for saxophone quartet
>Meyers, Ari Benjamin : Beckmann In New York, for 4 saxophones
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

It is obvious why the four musicians from Berlin are called "clair-obscur". Clair-obscur, a painting technique from the Renaissance, in which opposing light and dark tones are used to symbolise heavenly and earthly elements, is the visual equivalent of the sounds the quartet draw from their instruments: on the one hand, warm, intense and clear, and on the other harsh, aggressive and robust. These two poles can also be found in the composition of the quartet: two female and 2 male musicians in one ensemble create a unique musical energy. The main focus of the group is chamber music. With the support of their mentor and teacher, viola player of the Artemis String Quartet, Prof. Friedemann Weigle, clair-obsur has developed into a highly sought after ensemble, playing venues such as the Philharmonie, Berlin and the Carnegie Hall, New York, first playing here in 2006. The ensemble concentrates not only on original works written for saxophone quartet but also greatly expands and enriches its repertoire with unexpected transcriptions and stunning arrangements.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003).



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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
  • Ensemble: Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7)
  • Ensemble: Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Weill, Kurt : Die Dreigroschenoper :: Ouverture
  • Ensemble: Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/1928-08/1928

>Weill, Kurt : Die Dreigroschenoper :: Zuhälterballade
  • Ensemble: Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/1928-08/1928

>Weill, Kurt : Die Dreigroschenoper :: Kanonensong
  • Ensemble: Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/1928-08/1928

>Weill, Kurt : Die Dreigroschenoper :: Polly's Song
  • Ensemble: Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/1928-08/1928

>Weill, Kurt : Die Dreigroschenoper :: Polly's Song
  • Ensemble: Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/1928-08/1928

>Bozza, Eugène : Andante and Scherzo for saxophone quartet
  • Ensemble: Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1943

>Meyers, Ari Benjamin : Beckmann In New York, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
  • Ensemble: Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Dorfkirche Marienfelde (10/17/2003-10/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974