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

Audio Samples

  1. Convergence — Sonata in D Major: I. Vivace (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and guitar) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Convergence — Sonata in D Major: II. Largo (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and guitar) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Convergence — Sonata in D Major: III. Allegro (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and guitar) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Convergence — Oboe Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8, HWV 366: I. Largo (arr. M. Bookout and F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone, viola da gamba and harpsichord) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Convergence — Oboe Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8, HWV 366: II. Allegro (arr. M. Bookout and F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone, viola da gamba and harpsichor $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Convergence — Oboe Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8, HWV 366: III. Adagio (arr. M. Bookout and F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone, viola da gamba and harpsichor $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Convergence — Oboe Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8, HWV 366: IV. Allegro (arr. M. Bookout and F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone, viola da gamba and harpsichor $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Convergence — Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: III. Courante (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Convergence — Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: V. Menuet I-II (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Convergence — Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: VI. Gigue (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Convergence — Thème, Variations et Menuet: Theme (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and guitar) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Convergence — Thème, Variations et Menuet: Variation 1 (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and guitar) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Convergence — Thème, Variations et Menuet: Variation 2 (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and guitar) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Convergence — Thème, Variations et Menuet: Variation 3 (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and guitar) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Convergence — Thème, Variations et Menuet: Variation 4 (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and guitar) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Convergence — Thème, Variations et Menuet: Menuet et Trio (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and guitar) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Convergence — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. Anh. 229, No. 2: I. Allegro (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone, alto saxophone and baritone saxophone) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Convergence — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. Anh. 229, No. 2: IV. Menuetto (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone, alto saxophone and baritone saxophone) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Convergence — Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. Anh. 229, No. 2: V. Rondo (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone, alto saxophone and baritone saxophone) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Convergence — Sicilienne, Op. 78 (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Convergence — Lakme, Act I: Sous le dome epais, "Flower Duet" (arr. S. Davis for sopranino saxophone, double bass and piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Convergence — 6 Stücke, Op. 32: III. Rustle of Spring (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone and piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Convergence — Caprice en forme de valse (arr. F. Vernon for sopranino saxophone) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Convergence — 6 Épigraphes antiques: III. Pour que la nuit soit propice (arr. P. Schurger for sopranino saxophone, bass clarinet, piano, vibraphone and percussion) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Convergence — Farben $0.99 on iTunes

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, Léo : Lakmé
>Sinding, Christian : Rustle of Spring (Frühlingsrauchen), for piano, Op. 32/3
>Bonneau, Paul : Caprice en forme de Valse
>Debussy, Claude : Six Épigraphes antiques
>Cavalcante, Marcos S. : Farben, for saxophone & guitar
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sweetwater Sound, Ft. Wayne, IN (2010/2011).



Reviews

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 Vernons other recordings is aptly entitled The Forgotten Saxophone.

The sopraninos 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 Faurs Sicilienne and Delibes 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 dont 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: Laura Lydy (Guitar); Farrell Vernon
  • 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: Melanie Bookout; Wayne Peterson (Harpsichord); Farrell Vernon
  • 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: Laura Lydy (Guitar); Farrell Vernon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

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

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

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

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

>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé :: Theme, Variations et Menuet
  • Performers: Brad Kuhns (Double Bass); Hamilton Tescarollo (Piano); Farrell Vernon; Thomas Walsh (Sax)
  • 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: Hamilton Tescarollo (Piano); Farrell Vernon
  • 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: Hamilton Tescarollo (Piano); Farrell Vernon
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

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

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