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Chamber Music (Saxophone Quartet) - IVES, C. / HIGDON, J. / STURM, F. / TORKE, M. / BIXLER, D. / MACY, C. (Short Stories) (Ancia Saxophone Quartet)

Artist(s) Langley, Dee, accordion • Ancia Saxophone Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559616
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Taking its name from Jennifer Higdon’s Short Stories, this album explores stylistically diverse music showcasing the saxophone quartet’s immense expressive potential. The Ancia Saxophone Quartet has delighted audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia for more than two decades. The group’s innovative and diverse repertoire stretches traditional boundaries of genre and style, juxtaposing traditional classical repertoire with contemporary works by modern composers.


Review By Record Geijutsu,December 2010


Review By Mary Kunz Goldman,The Buffalo News,September 2009

…there is nothing a saxophone quartet cannot do when the musicians set their minds to it. The very nature of the group’s sound seems to change along with the various musical styles. In an arrangement of Charles Ives’ string quartet “From the Salvation Army” (bet Ives never imagined the thrift-shop connotations that title would have), the Ancia Saxophone Quartet sounds like a wind band from centuries past. In the abstract, jumpy movements of Jennifer Higdon’s 25-minute “Short Stories” as well as in Michael Torke’s undulating “July,” the group sounds avant-garde and electronic. Music by Fred Sturm, David Bixler and Carleton Macy help round out this bargain-priced romp. Sturm’s whimsical arrangement of



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