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Simply Four Saxophones / Adelphi Saxophone Quartet


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 72527   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean FrançaixGabriel GrovlezAstor PiazzollaTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Martin KerriganAndrew WilsonSarah MarkhamAlex Mitchell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Having spent years trying to champion the cause of the saxophone quartet as a serious chamber music medium, I have to confess to disappointment at this choice of programme, which includes only two original compositions. I dispute the contention in the booklet note that a lack of serious repertoire necessitates the use of arrangements and suggest that the performance of Jean Rivier’s Grave et Presto is the clear highlight of the recital.

The Adelphi’s rendition of this is first-rate and gives the group its best opportunity to display interpretative skills. The other original work is the Petit quatuor pour saxophones by Jean Françaix which, although considered among the lightest of the authentic repertoire, is
Read more nevertheless a witty and amusing piece, and is given an equally spirited reading. The transcriptions, some of them by members of the group, are well done and make for enjoyable listening, but leave me wishing that they had presented a more musically challenging experience rather than simply trying to offer wide stylistic variety.

Overall intonation and ensemble are exemplary and, while I occasionally found some of the playing slightly too bright for my taste, the quartet has an admirable blend of sound.

-- Tim Payne, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Petit Quatuor for Saxophones by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone), Sarah Markham (Saxophone),
Alex Mitchell (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Petites Litanies de Jésus by Gabriel Grovlez
Performer:  Alex Mitchell (Saxophone), Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone),
Sarah Markham (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Andrew Wilson 
3.
History of the Tango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alex Mitchell (Saxophone), Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone),
Sarah Markham (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Voirpy 
4.
The Poacher by Traditional
Performer:  Alex Mitchell (Saxophone), Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone),
Sarah Markham (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gordon Lewin 
5.
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Alex Mitchell (Saxophone), Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone),
Sarah Markham (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Andrew Wilson 
6.
Grave et Presto for Saxophone Quartet by Jean Rivier
Performer:  Alex Mitchell (Saxophone), Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone),
Sarah Markham (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone), Sarah Markham (Saxophone),
Alex Mitchell (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Robert Brown 
8.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alex Mitchell (Saxophone), Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone),
Sarah Markham (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Martin Kerrigan 
9.
Antiche Danze Ungheresi dal Secolo XVII by Ferenc Farkas
Performer:  Alex Mitchell (Saxophone), Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Sarah Markham (Saxophone),
Andrew Wilson (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
Agincourt Hymn by Anonymous
Performer:  Alex Mitchell (Saxophone), Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone),
Sarah Markham (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Harvey 
11.
Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Markham (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone), Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone),
Alex Mitchell (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "I Got Rhythm" in an arrangement by Andrew Wilson. 
12.
Girl Crazy: I got rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Markham (Saxophone), Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone), Andrew Wilson (Saxophone),
Alex Mitchell (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Fascinatin' Rhythm" in an arrangement by Andrew Wilson. 
13.
Dardanus: Rigaudon by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Andrew Wilson (Saxophone), Sarah Markham (Saxophone), Alex Mitchell (Saxophone),
Martin Kerrigan (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739/1744; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Corroyez 

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