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The Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet: Pierre Velones | Alexandre Glazounow | Alfred Desenclos

by The Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet: Henk van Twillert | Rob Hauser | Bart Kok | André Hemmes

Allegro 05:58
Variation 1 01:00
Variation 2 00:57
Les Dauphins 02:40
La Meduse 03:11
L'autruche 01:27
La Biche 03:45
L' Hippotame 02:55
L' Hamadryas 02:21
Andante 04:13


(1991) The Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet: Pierre Velones | Alexandre Glazounow | Alfred Desenclos

Alexandre Glazounow
Born in St. Petersburg (1865) and deceased in Paris (1936), is considered to be the last representative of the great Russian school of the 19 th century. Although the band of his teacher Rimsky Korsakow is clearly demonstrable in his early compositions and Glazounow remained loyal to the great Russian Nationalistic tradition, in which folcloristic elements play an important part, he come even more under the influence of the German Romanticists, even that strong that he acquired the nick name “The Russian Brahms”. Because of the problems with the Russian authorities, Glazounow took refuge in Paris in 1928, where he come into contact with the “ Quartuor des Saxophones de la Garde Republicaine”, to whom de dedicated his quartet opus 109. In this work Glazounow manages to combine the specific saxophone-timbre with the virtuoso aspect of the different instruments in a truly magnificent way.

Pierre Vellones
Studied medicine in Paris and was a active as physician during his life. In the field of music he was a self-taught man, who had clearly been influenced by his contemporaries and great impressionists as Bebussy and Ravel. Characteristic for Vellone’s work is the continuous searching for new timbres, harmonies and the experimenting with timbre of instruments new at the time, during which he, in stylistic respect, hardly deviated from the tradicional compositions methods. Therefore is not surprising that Vellones, in his striving for color-enrichment in the works he confided to music paper ( among which is “Au Jardin de Bêtes sauvages") has made much use of a family of instruments that was considered to be new, certainly in the early stages of the twentieth century ( Adolph sax received a patent for his new invention in 1846).

Alfred Desenclos
Was born in Portel ( Pas-de-Calais) on 7 February 1912. The greater part of his compositions belongs to most elegant French tradition. With a careless attitude, unpretentious and without ambition he creates his work. Doing so he follows disciplines that don’t collide with the music knowledge he has acquired and which have yielded him the prize of Romeand other official distinctions. His “Quartuor pour Saxophones” ( Quartet for Saxophones) is a beautiful counterpoint, which sometimes relaxes by large leaders. It is attracted by both poetry and control of style. The blowing-technique and the modesty of this quartet make it worth to be put the attention of musicians.

(1991) The Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet
Was founded in 1979. The chief classical works are on their repertory
The Quartet inspired numerous composers to write new works, which resulted into a vast number of compositions dedicated to the ASK.
The unusual interpretations, the searching for differentiation in timbre and the notion that no other instrument has so many points of contact with so many musical styles led to the fact that the ASK made its appearance on many fields of the music- culture. Performances with pop groups, folksingers and jazz-soloists, besides the playing of a wide range od arrangements, are by now the trademark of the Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet.
Their classical education, however, always remains clearly audible.
The ASK gives concerts at home and abroad; it can regularly be listened to and often be watched on television and heard on the radio; it made several tours and recorded much of their repertoire on compact disks.
The members of the ASK are active on various conservatories and musical schools in the Netherlands and are asked to perform as a quest-thatcher abroad on a regular basis.
The members of the Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet are Andre Hemmes ( soprano), Rob Hauser ( Alto) Bart Kok ( Tenor) and Henk van Twillert ( baritone).


released June 29, 2020


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Henk van Twillert is a versatile saxophonist who plays his baritone, in such a way it goes through vaines and touches the soul! His genre is diverse; Classic, World Music, Jazz and many other styles are part of his oeuvre. Playing solo, with an orchestra, with the Vento do Norte Saxophone Ensemble, with the quartet or with the piano; in a small church or a city theatre, everything is possible. ... more

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