• Artist(s): Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet
  • Composer: Barry Cockcroft, Jacob TV, Michael Nyman, Philippe Geiss, Pino Jodice, Salvatore Sciarrino, Tim Davies
  • EAN Code: 7.93611610385
  • Edition: Da Vinci Classics
  • Format: 1 Cd
  • Genre: Chamber
  • Instrumentation: Saxophone Quartet
  • Period: Contemporary
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CROSSFADES is a crossroad of sounds, styles and different languages that blend in the same discourse going beyond genre barriers: a magic kaleidoscope of frequencies from our time. The saxophone is the ultimate hybrid instrument. Its nature and history up to the present day make it the perfect vehicle to get through these intersections of experiences and researches. Its voice, so ductile and recognisable at the same time, connects composers and musicians of various backgrounds, with a common love for the instrument and for his power to connect distant worlds.
Notes by Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet

How to define “crossover”? Maybe it’s just feeling free to go towards music that talks to us and resonates within ourselves; exploring music without limits, by means of composers and performers we love, who can be placed somewhere between jazz, classical music and contemporary research.
Notes by Philippe Geiss

The saxophone, angular and irriverent, here in Crossfades is the “teenage criminal carelessly carrying a knife and rigorously wearing a leather jacket”, as Stravinsky once described it. After a suspicious start, with a head-count before we leave, the rhythm, with its frantic pulse, becomes the absolute protagonist. It’s a seductive and exciting music journey where intricate sound textures intertwine in delicate balance, and the contributions of two fantastic soloists, Ada Rovatti and Silvio Zalambani, stand out enriching the discourse with solid but never obvious arguments. To sum up, a journey we want to start again after we listen to it.
Notes by Mario Marzi


Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet Since 2006, the Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet, has been working enriching saxophone compositions. With a focus on crossover repertoire, the quartet chooses compositions from XX and XXI century which combine different musical genres, in collaboration with composers who are influenced by the sounds of contemporary music. The musicians have had collaborations with important Italian orchestras and theatres, such as Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. The ensemble has been awarded the first price in several national and international music competitions and has performed in important festivals, such as XIV Stage Internazionale del Sassofono in Fermo, Atlante Sonoro XXI in Rome, Certosa in Musica in Ferrara, Mito Fringe in Milan, Musica in Castello in Parma, Festival Como Città della Musica, Biennale di Venezia. Since 2012, the artists have worked with the famous composer Michael Nyman, who invited them to perform with him during his Italian tours and he has also dedicated a specific composition to the quartet. The members of the Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet are BG France artists.

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