Creston, Schmitt, Hindemith, Desenclos, Charpentier & Denisov

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COMPOSERS: Charpentier & Denisov,Creston,Desenclos,Hindemith,Schmitt
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Saxophone Sonatas
WORKS: Works
PERFORMER: Arno Bornkamp (saxophone), Ivo Janssen (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: GLO 6049 Reissue (1989)
This set includes four of the most important works in the repertoire alongside rarely heard pieces by Schmitt and Charpentier. The most familiar is Creston’s beautifully crafted Sonata, which exploits many different facets of the instruments’ expressive range. The performances throughout are absolutely superb, not only technically flawless, but totally convincing in their interpretations. The rendition of Edison Denisov’s gritty and ferociously difficult Sonata is especially impressive and so fluent that the listener is hardly aware of the extraordinarily complex rhythmic demands faced by the players. This is highly recommended and, for students and enthusiasts of the saxophone in particular, should prove indispensable. Tim Payne