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The Solitary Saxophone CD

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1. In Freundschaft - Karlheinz Stockhausen
2. Sequenza VIIb - Luciano Berio
3. Maknongan - Giacinto Scelsi
4. Ixor - Giacinto Scelsi
5. Episode Quatrieme - Betsy Jolas
6. Movement 1 - Claude Delangle
7. Dolce, meditaticvo - Claude Delangle
8. Movement 3 - Claude Delangle
9. Sequenza IXb - Luciano Berio
10. Distance - Toru Takemitsu

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Stunning renditions of contemporary works by a great artist. 15 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This recording is the first BIS label release by French saxophonist Claude Delangle, saxophone professor at the Paris Conservatory. Performing only unaccompanied saxophone pieces on four different saxophones, he manages to convey the compositional ideas behind each work with his musicianship and virtuosity. This recording strongly influenced my musical thinking! Especially recommended are his performance of Berio's Sequenza VIIB and Betsy Jolas' Episode Quatrieme.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
great saxophone showcase of seldom recorded pieces 1 Jun 1999
By Rachel Abbinanti ( - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Stockhausen's "In Friendship" can be played on just about any solo instrument.I've heard a half-dozen renditions,all on different instruments. I think the piece works well on saxophone,its high energy affinities and the necessity to change timbre, tone inflection, as well as the speed of changing registers all helps.The Scelsi "Three Pieces" are difficult to interpret, I've heard flat uninspired performances, but here Delangle, we have an inner voice at work trying to find one as well in the Scelsi. Scelsi was fond of the long sustained sound, the minutiae contained within changing timbres over a single tone Delangle does shift his focus so to keep the work in the air. The Berio"Sequenza" as well is a difficult work interpretively. You need always to maintian a sense of momentum and align yourself with a goal of phrase, of structure. There are very few unaccompanied works for the Tenor Sax, and Jolas has done music a service here. Yet I find her music academic-bound for no reason. Her work is frequently predictable,it never enters a magical world of mystery and intrigue all very French art music components she should be familiar with.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The perfection in saxophone playing 23 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Really, the perfection in saxophone playing and interpretation. If you're looking for the top music recordings in contemporary saxophone, then you must buy this one.
Precision, Perfection and Beauty... 9 Feb 2013
By Mark Zika - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
full, round, rich, perfect pitch, precise volume control, purity of tone, beautiful trills; the inherent properties and qualities that exhibit the true beauty of the saxophone instrument are exhibited here in the hands of this fine artist; claude delangle. this is a journey into the beauty of the saxophone through the compositions of modern composers. ten wonderful pieces, 70 minutes in length. if you love soprano, baritone, tenor, alto saxophone performed at their very best and sounding their very best this cd is a must. from the first moment to the last; it is a journey of high art. mz
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