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Two Scarlatti Concerti Grossi are presented, the contrapuntal opening of No 2 in particular [listen -- track 18, 0:01-0:45] allowing each instrumentalist to shine. Minuets can often sound flat-footed, but this one [listen -- track 20, 1:39-2:21] flows without effort.

This disc shows every evidence of careful thought and preparation, as to arrangements, sound, and every aspect of the playing -- which however is never stiff or academic. The recording is clear and bright but not lacking in warmth, the right amount of bloom around the sound and well-balanced between saxes and organ. Very few pad or key noises intrude even with the restrained dynamic levels. For sax lovers this will be a delight, but it should also win over a few who might turn their noses up at the thought -- just be prepared to accept quality with a very large Q.

Copyright © 26 February 2008 Paul Sarcich, London UK

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Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet - Italian Baroque

KL 5144 Stereo NEW RELEASE 55'05" 2007 Helicon Records

Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet: Torben Snekkestad, soprano; Maret Petersen, alto; Jeanette Balland, tenor; Charlotte Andersson, baritone; with Viggo Mangor, organ; Mathias Hedegaard, tenor

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713): Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 8 in G minor 'Fatto per la Notte di Natale' (Vivace; Grave; Allegro; Adagio; Allegro; Adagio; Vivace; Allegro; Largo, pastorale); Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736): Orfeo (Recitativo; Aria, Amoroso in E flat; Recitativo; Aria 'O d'Euridice', presto, in F); Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725): Concerto Grosso No 2 (Allegro; Grave; Minuetto); Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Salve Regina (Largo; Allegretto; Larghetto; Allegretto; Largo)

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