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Quintessence Saxophone Quintet - Best of Ten Years Live

Release Date: 11/01/2003 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999990  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintessence Saxophone Quintet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...The ensemble is at its peak when performing the original work "Prelude" and Chick Corea’s "La Fiesta", both of which are well suited to the timbre and the idiosyncrasies of the saxophone. Also the fifth selection on the CD, "Jazzentials", is surprisingly tender and moving piece based on the work of Bach. It is among the best of the musical reinventions attempted by Quintessence...However, on their Handel Hallelujah Chorus and Beethoven "Coriolan"...these selections are better suited to more traditional instrumentation..." - MusicWeb International

1. Prelude
2. The Fifth, first set
3. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
4. La Fiesta
Read more 5. Jazzentials
6. Hallelujah
7. Overture Coriolan
8. Fudge Fugue in G minor
9. Der Mond ist aufgegangen

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Works on This Recording

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: no 1, Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintessence Saxophone Quintet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintessence Saxophone Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (arr. for saxophone quintet): Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio (arr. for saxophone quintet)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 (arr. for saxophone quintet)
La Fiesta
Jazzentials (after Bach's Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: II. Andante)
Messiah, HWV 56 (arr. for saxophone quintet): Messiah, HWV 56, Part II: Hallelujah Chorus (arr. for saxophone quintet)
Overture to Collin's Coriolan, Op. 62, "Coriolan Overture" (arr. for saxophone quintet)
Fudge Fugue in G minor, (after Bach's Fugue in G minor, BWV 578)
Der Mond ist aufgegangen (arr. for saxophone quintet)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A review of the example tracks February 5, 2013 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "I don't own this recording but I listened to several cuts that are available on the site. Can you make a fair review by listening to just the quick examples? I would say the answer to that is no NORMALLY! However, this cannot be considered 'normal'. I think this is the most horrible sound I have ever heard and I love the saxophone. Even if you can get past the awful screeching sound presented by the soprano sax, the intonation is intollerable. If I bought this thing it would wind up in the trash within 20 minutes. I can't imagine anyone enjoying this." Report Abuse
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