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Todd Oxford - Finesse


Release Date: 10/05/1999 
Label:  Equilibrium   Catalog #: 22   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  César FranckEugène BozzaPaul BonneauJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Todd OxfordCarla McElhaney
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Todd Oxford describes the process of arranging for the Baritone Saxophone as follows: "Despite flattering observations by Hector Berlioz in 1842 regarding the unveiling of Adolphe Sax's new Baritone Saxophone, today's classical music lovers are largely unaware of its capabilities as a captivating solo instrument. Its gorgeous rich tone is a solo voice demanding attention. It produces a wide range of tone color, dynamic variation and dazzling technical possibilities. As a result of performing the two middle movements of Bach's First Suite, I became interested in performing the entire work. I approached the world famous cellist Paul Olefsky for coaching, who further suggested I transcribe the Franck Sonata. I immediately fell in love with its Read more flowing romantic lines and virtuosic challenges and instantly imagined playing the piece on my instrument." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Todd Oxford (Baritone Saxophone), Carla McElhaney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Notes: Arranged: Todd Oxford 
2. Improvisation et caprice by Eugène Bozza
Performer:  Todd Oxford (Baritone Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
3. Caprice en forme de Valse by Paul Bonneau
Performer:  Todd Oxford (Baritone Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950 
4. Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Todd Oxford (Baritone Saxophone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Todd Oxford 

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