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The Postcard Sessions - Works by Warren Benson, Jean Franaix, Jacques Ibert, Paule Maurice, Piazzolla, Schumann & Ralph Vaughan Williams / Harrington/Loewen Duo

Audio Samples

  1. 3 Romanzen, Op. 94 (Arr. F. Hemke for Saxophone & Piano): No. 1, Nicht schnell $0.99 on iTunes
  2. 3 Romanzen, Op. 94 (Arr. F. Hemke for Saxophone & Piano): No. 2, Einfach, innig $0.99 on iTunes
  3. 3 Romanzen, Op. 94 (Arr. F. Hemke for Saxophone & Piano): No. 3, Nicht schnell $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Ave Maria "Tanti anni prima" (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. 6 Studies in English Folksong (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): No. 1, Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  6. 6 Studies in English Folksong (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): No. 2, Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  7. 6 Studies in English Folksong (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): No. 3, Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. 6 Studies in English Folksong (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): No. 4, Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  9. 6 Studies in English Folksong (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): No. 5, Andante tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  10. 6 Studies in English Folksong (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): No. 6, Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Oblivion (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. 5 Danses exotiques: No. 1, Pambiche $0.99 on iTunes
  13. 5 Danses exotiques: No. 2, BaiĆ£o $0.99 on iTunes
  14. 5 Danses exotiques: No. 3, Mambo $0.99 on iTunes
  15. 5 Danses exotiques: No. 4, Samba lenta $0.99 on iTunes
  16. 5 Danses exotiques: No. 5, Merengue $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Histoires (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): No. 2, Le petit ane blanc $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Histoires (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): No. 3, Le vieux mendiant $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Histoires (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): No. 4, Bajo la mesa $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Histoires (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): No. 5, La cage de cristal $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Concertino for Saxophone: II. Aeolian Song (Version for Saxophone & Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Tableaux de Provence (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): I. Farandoulo di chatouno $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Tableaux de Provence (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): II. Cansoun per ma mio $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Tableaux de Provence (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): III. La Boumiano $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Tableaux de Provence (Arr. for Saxophone & Piano): V. Lou Cabridan $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
>Piazzolla, Astor : Tanti anni prima ("Ave Maria"), tango (from the film Enrico IV)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Studies (6) in English Folksong
>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Danses Exotiques (5) for alto saxophone & piano
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Histoires, for saxophone (or flute) & piano
>Benson, Warren : Aeolian Song, for saxophone & piano
>Maurice, Paule : Tableaux de Provence, for saxophone & orchestra (or piano)
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Notes & Reviews:

On their latest Ravello Records release THE POSTCARD SESSIONS, the Harrington/Loewen Duo offers a sampling of evocative, colorful works for saxophone that have become perennial favorites of both performers and audiences. The album is emblematic of the saxophone's European ancestry, as well as its versatility and flexibility in performing works composed for other instruments. Originally composed for oboe and piano, Robert Schumann's Drei Romanzen, Op. 94 (1849) highlights the composer's melodic skill and sets the lyrical tone that dominates the album. The heartfelt performance of Astor Piazzolla's Ave Maria (1984) was adapted from soprano, strings and piano; while his piece Oblivion (1982), originally written for bandoneon and orchestra, represents the composer's most celebrated style: tango. Ralph Vaughan Williams' Six Studies in English Folk-Song (1926) are an eclectic mix of folksongs featuring various modalities and tempi. Cinq Danses Exotiques (1961) by Jean Francaix, Histoires (1921/1939) by Jacques Ibert, Aeolian Song (1953) by Warren Benson, and Tableaux de Provence (1955) by Paule Maurice are all works that add to the distinctive character of the musical postcards on this album.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA (09/14/2015-09/16/2015).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Piazzolla, Astor : Tanti anni prima ("Ave Maria"), tango (from the film Enrico IV)
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Studies (6) in English Folksong
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Danses Exotiques (5) for alto saxophone & piano
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957-1961

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Histoires, for saxophone (or flute) & piano
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Benson, Warren : Aeolian Song, for saxophone & piano
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Maurice, Paule : Tableaux de Provence, for saxophone & orchestra (or piano)
  • Ensemble: Harrington-Loewen Duo
  • Notes: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954