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Thomas Fortmann: Sax Music


Release Date: 07/14/2009 
Label:  Metier   Catalog #: 28512   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Thomas Fortmann
Performer:  Marco FalaschiMarco PodestaDavide ValliniSteve Potts,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlioz Saxophone Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Music locked into jazz, rock backbeat and the sinuous song of saxophonic yearning.

I recently reviewed Fortmann’s Saxophone sonata on an Antes disc where it nestled comfortably in a mixed programme by other composers (see review). Here Thomas Fortmann stands alone, in a disc devoted entirely to his works for saxophone.

As noted elsewhere the Sonata is in three conventionally written movements but it covers enjoyable stylistic ground. The bluesy songfulness that suffuses it announces Fortmann as an unstuffy admirer of the colloquial American muse. The central panel brings more active, though hardly
Read more militant, pianism. The Hopperesque slow movement adopts a more aloof, guarded and hooded profile, whereas the finale is freewheeling, reprising the blues motif of the opening with pride, this time rejuvenated.

Catholic Blues goes from delicacy to the slow insinuation of the Blues, in looser funkier lines than the sonata. Steve Potts’s (presumably) rolling, improvised lines later on add a hard core jazz profile. BacH Cab (as written) exudes baroque procedure as well as richly chordal piano, though the piano does espouse more biting, acerbic writing beneath the sax’s aloof and independent line. There’s a funky Keith Jarrett element in Eben, eben amidst the more reflective material. A rock groove runs throughout Three Piggies in Clover. His work for saxophone quartet is interesting; Sonkran cleaves to Fortmann’s more cerebral and withdrawn side whilst Pop Oh Kakapitl - the man has a way with titles - is genial and tuneful.

The Sonatina has Ragtimey exchanges between the soprano and tenor protagonists and engaging it is too. And in A Little American Night Music he plays with - what else? - some Wolfgang Amadeus, infusing it with Ragtime, Swing and dance patterns galore. A Whale in the Circus alerts us to the zany side of things, a real big top sensibility written to amuse and entertain.

Fortmann is no stuffed shirt, no long-hair merchant, and no purveyor of tone rows. His music is locked into jazz, and rock backbeat and the sinuous song of saxophonic yearning. His musicians serve him finely, and they’ve been well recorded.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Saxophone and Piano by Thomas Fortmann
Performer:  Marco Falaschi (Saxophone), Marco Podesta (Piano), Davide Vallini (Saxophone),
Steve Potts (Soprano Saxophone), Marco Falaschi (Soprano Saxophone), Roberto Frati (Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
2. Blues Catolico by Thomas Fortmann
Performer:  Roberto Frati (Baritone Saxophone), Marco Falaschi (Saxophone), Steve Potts (Soprano Saxophone),
Ettore Candela (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
3. Bachcab by Thomas Fortmann
Performer:  Davide Vallini (Soprano Saxophone), Carlo Alessandro Lapegna (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4. Eben, eben by Thomas Fortmann
Performer:  Marco Falaschi (Saxophone), Carlo Alessandro Lapegna (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
5. Three Piggies in Clover by Thomas Fortmann
Performer:  Francesca Corsi (Soprano Saxophone), Carlo Alessandro Lapegna (Piano), Marco Falaschi (Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
6. Sonkran by Thomas Fortmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlioz Saxophone Quartet
7. PopOhKakapiti by Thomas Fortmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlioz Saxophone Quartet
8. Sonatina [The Goretti Thing] by Thomas Fortmann
Performer:  Milo Vanelli (Tenor Saxophone), Davide Vallini (Soprano Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
9. A Little American Night Music by Thomas Fortmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlioz Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
10. Collodis Pinocchio: A Whale In The Circus by Thomas Fortmann
Performer:  Davis Tarolli (Drums), Francesca Corsi (Soprano Saxophone), Ruber Marani (Soprano Saxophone),
Carlo Alessandro Lapegna (Piano), Marco Falaschi (Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Saxophone Sonata: I. Andante
Saxophone Sonata: II. Adagio
Saxophone Sonata: III. Rondo
Catholic Blues
BacH cab
Eben, eben
Three Piggies in Clover
Sonkran
Pop Oh Kakapitl
Sonatina, "The Goretti Thing"
A little American Night Music
A Whale in the Circus

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