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Wydawnictwo: Challenge Classics
Nr katalogowy: CC 72534
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: luty 2012
EAN: 608917253429
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Instrumenty: saksofon

Amstel Tracks NOW!

Challenge Classics - CC 72534
Kompozytor

Bach Johann Sebastian; Lago Guilleromo; Brahms Johannes; Nyman Michael; Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus; Barber Samuel; Sweelinck Jan Pieterszoon; Rivier Jean; Ravel Maurice
Wykonawcy
Amstel Quartet:
Remco Jak, soprano saxophone
Olivier Sliepen, alto saxophone
Bas Apswoude, tenor saxophone
Ties Mellema, baritone saxophone
Nagrody i rekomendacje
 
klassik heute 10
 
TRACKLIST
1. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750):
’Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’ BWV 659
2. GUILLERMO LAGO (1960):
Ciudades (Córdoba)
3. GUILLERMO LAGO (1960):
Ciudades (Sarajevo)
4. GUILLERMO LAGO (1960):
Ciudades (Addis Ababa)
5. JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897):
Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op. 90 (Poco Allegretto)
6. MICHAEL NYMAN (1944):
Three movements from String Quartet No. 2 (I)
7. MICHAEL NYMAN (1944):
Three movements from String Quartet No. 2 (II)
8. MICHAEL NYMAN (1944):
Three movements from String Quartet No. 2 (III)
9. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791):
Adagio & Fuga, K. 546 (Adagio)
10. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791):
Adagio & Fuga, K. 546 (Fuga)
11. SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981):
Adagio for strings
12. JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK (1562-1621):
Chromatic Fantasy
13. JEAN RIVIER (1896-1987):
Grave et Presto
14. MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937):
Pavane pour une infante défunte
15. MICHAEL NYMAN (1944):
Three movements from Eight Sketches in Hunan Accent (Floating Clouds)
16. MICHAEL NYMAN (1944):
Three movements from Eight Sketches in Hunan Accent (Ancient Burial)
17. MICHAEL NYMAN (1944):
Three movements from Eight Sketches in Hunan Accent (Sunrain)
SUMMARY

“The most colourful saxophone quartet in the world”, that is the Amstel Quartet. Old music, new music, popular music, world music, anything goes with Remco Jak, Olivier Sliepen, Bas Apswoude and Ties Mellema.

On one condition: the music played by the Amstel Quartet is good music, gripping music, and presented in a way that complements, enriches and clarifies the music. Technical limitations do not exist, and musical boundaries are there only to be crossed. This has earned the foursome a host of admirers all over the world. Not surprisingly, a performance by the Amstel Quartet is like a pop concert, full of energy, sincere contact with the audience, and the music is always exciting and moving.

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THE MUSIC The idea is simple. After concerts, there is always someone from the audience who comes to talk to us and asks if we have recorded this or that piece. We have heard this repeatedly over the years, so we decided to combine all of the pieces that we and the audience like on one album. The other common link among these pieces is that all have been arranged or composed for or by us. There’s only one exception: the Rivier, a traditional saxophone quartet, but because we feel such a strong connection to this piece, we decided to make it “ours” as well.



Before the release of the first “Amstel Tracks” we did not think it was such a strong concept, but we were wrong. The album turned out to be the most personal and successful Amstel Quartet CD. The concept of personal taste and emotional links to the works we play turned out to be much stronger than any concept on paper. Thus, we hope that Amstel Tracks Volume Two will live up to the expectations of all our fans.

After we finished the recording, we realised that releasing this album would mark our fifteenth anniversary.

ARTIST BACKGROUND

“The most colourful saxophone quartet in the world”, that is the Amstel Quartet. Old music, new music, popular music, world music, anything goes with Remco Jak, Olivier Sliepen, Bas Apswoude and Ties Mellema.

On one condition: the music played by the Amstel Quartet is good music, gripping music, and presented in a way that complements, enriches and clarifies the music. Technical limitations do not exist, and musical boundaries are there only to be crossed. This has earned the foursome a host of admirers all over the world. Not surprisingly, a performance by the Amstel Quartet is like a pop concert, full of energy, sincere contact with the audience, and the music is always exciting and moving.

The Amstel Quartet’s programmes are always surprising, uplifting, educational, innovative and swinging. Of course, the saxophone is a young instrument, and the saxophone quartet is mainly an ensemble of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, but Bach would take his hat off to the Amstel Quartet, if he heard them play his work. That is, after all, what modern-day composers such as György Ligeti, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Peteris Vasks and Arvo Pärt have done. And it is no coincidence that artists from other disciplines, and even other cultures, enjoy working with the quartet. Dance, mime, theatre, film, an Indian tabla player, everything is possible as long as it does justice to the music played by the quartet.

The strength of the Amstel Quartet lies in quality of the individuals, which, brought together, produces quality far beyond that. The foursome found each other in 1997 after a tour with the National Youth Orchestra, and from that first encounter sprung a rapidly streaming river. Virtuosity, breaking new ground and unparalleled perseverance have since become key words. Baritone saxophonist Ties Mellema made a full comeback after a serious accident involving his right hand, even winning the Dutch Music Prize in 2010.

The Amstel Quartet as a whole also regularly wins awards. The Concert Artists Guild Management Award, The Kersjes Prize, the Gaudeamus Interpreters Concours, to name but a few achievements that demonstrate the international recognition the quartet receives. This is why the four musicians continue to express their love for the saxophone and the unique versatility of the saxophone quartet as a perfect unit, with original CDs, a scintillating series in the Amsterdam Felix Meritis, performances in beautiful halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie in Luxemburg, Carnegie Hall in New York and extensive tours through Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan and the United States.

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