THE ITALIAN WAY (Italian Saxophone Quartet)
Artist(s): Italian Saxophone Quartet, Federico Mondelci, Soprano Sax | Davide Bartelucci, Alto Sax | Pasquale Cesare, Tenor Sax |Michele Paolino, Bariton Sax
Period: 18th – 20th Century
Catalogue No.: C00098
In this album, dedicated to Italian composers, the Italian Saxophone Quartet contrasts three great composers of the past, Antonio Vivaldi, Domenico Scarlatti, and Gioachino Rossini, with three extraordinary composers of film music, Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, and Nicola Piovani.
To better understand the proposal and the stylistic choices of this CD, it is helpful to consider some historical aspects of the evolution of the saxophone quartet literature.
The saxophone is the only acoustic instrument in the history of music whose invention can be ascribed to a single person. Its inventor, the Belgian Adolphe Sax (Dinant, November 6, 1814 – Paris, February 7, 1894), from whom the instrument takes its name, created a whole family of saxophones in 1840 that included all the voices, from the low to high registers.
The news was resounding, and success for the invention was not long in coming. In June of 1842, Hector Berlioz wrote an article in the “Journal des Débats” in which he highlighted the merits of Adolphe Sax as an eclectic inventor and acousticist. In this article, Berlioz stated his strong appreciation for the new instrument: “The sound of the saxophone is of such a nature that I do not know another instrument currently in use that is able to be compared to it. A beautiful, soft, full, vibrant sound with enormous power, yet capable of sweetness.”[…] (Translation by ISQ)