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    Hi,
    I've recently discovered that I like classical (modern composition, etc.) saxophone and I'm looking for a list of soprano players or recordings that include the soprano saxophone. I've bought these albums that contain compositions where the soprano sax is present:

    • Claude Delangle (The Solitary Saxophone, Harmonious Breath, A la française, and The Japanese Saxophone)
    • Eugene Rousseau (Saxophone Concertos)
    • Kenneth Tse (Lyric Soprano)
    • Anders Paulsson (Date with a Soprano Saxophone)
    • Jabra Latham & Benjamin Price (Eleven Duos for Soprano Saxophones)
    • Joel Versavaud (Neuf Etudes by Christian Lauba)
    • Kenneth Fischer (Alto & Soprano Saxophones)
    • Raaf Hekkema (24 Caprices op. 1 by Paganini arr. for saxophone)
    • Richard Ducros (Hard by C. Lauba)
    • Stathis Mavrommatis (Three Greek Concertos for Soprano Saxophone and String Orchestra)
    • Sue McKenzie (The Coral Sea)
    • Theodore Kerkezos (Music for Saxophone and Orchestra)

    I like all of these recordings. However, I prefer the compositions of Lauba and other modern composers to the older material, but I like the older material, too. Marcel Mule is great; I know that he played soprano in various saxophone quartets, but I've not been able to find any recordings that feature him on soprano. Delangle is amazing and I'll likely buy all of his recordings, whether he plays soprano on them, or not.

    I'd appreciate any help with regard to finding more recordings that feature the soprano saxophone in the classical, avant garde, or modern art music. My background is in jazz and I play free improvisation, so I have many works by Bechet, Coltrane, Shorter, Lacy, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, John Butcher, and other jazz players and improvisers. If this thread duplicates another, I'd appreciate being directed to that thread; I've searched SOTW for this topic, but I could not find it.

    Thanks,
    Heath
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    Default Re: Looking for classical soprano saxophone recordings

    Check out Vincent David.

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    +1 for David

    Check out also quatour habanera, Christian Wirth is a great soprano player

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    Listen also Lars Mlekusch and Jean Denis Michat

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    Thanks, Michigansax and sammmsung. I've now listened to these players on Youtube or by finding some mp3 files and they are all excellent, but it is difficult to find their CD or high-quality downloads for these players. Is their a good source for classical recordings online where I might obtain their CDs other than amazon, cdbaby, or eclassical? Thank you again!
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    I was able to find Jean Denis Michat's CDs on his site.
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    can't believe, that branford marsalis "romance for saxophone" wasn't mentioned yet. It's a best seller, and/but very beautiful.
    John Harle did very nice recordings, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taragot View Post
    can't believe, that branford marsalis "romance for saxophone" wasn't mentioned yet. It's a best seller, and/but very beautiful.
    +1 Lots of pretty stuff on Romances for Saxophone - I especially like his version of Stravinsky's Pastorale. The soprano is particularly well-suited to that piece IMO.

    Also check out Amy Dickson - she has a wonderful, unique classical soprano sound. "Glass, Tavener & Nyman" is an excellent recording of hers.

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    Thanks, Taragot and Metaflake.
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    The Prism quartet has over a dozen recordings out there with Tim McAlister on soprano...gotta have those.

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    A few more suggestions:
    • Classical Bouquet album by Steven Mauk. A mix of transcriptions and contemporary compositions, all with SM's trademark beautiful soprano tone.
    • "The Garden of Love" by Jacob ter Veldhuis, recorded by Arno Bornkamp on his JacobTV album.
    • I concur with the John Harle recommendation; I enjoy his playing on soprano much more than on alto. Try the Michael Nyman Double Concerto for Saxophone and Cello, or the Michael Torke Concerto for Soprano Saxophone.

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    Given your stated tastes, you may like Jon Gibson's playing with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I0ZoCNmUrY

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    Kyle Horch is usually admired for his soprano playing (as well as on alto and tenor), although he does not have any recordings only playing soprano as far as I know.

    I should admit he is a friend of mine but you can hear some of his soprano recordings on my website here:

    http://www.ianstewart.eu/information/islas

    http://www.ianstewart.eu/information...ia_point_cello

    http://www.ianstewart.eu/information/mornwards

    As you said you come from a jazz and free improvisation background, you may also like this Scottish soprano player - Carole Sutherland - play this work for soprano saxophone and scratch DJ. It was recorded in a classical chamber music recital in Glasgow:

    http://www.ianstewart.eu/information/velez

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    +2 for romance for saxophone.....lovely,lovely,lovely.....branford is one of the best...

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    You mentioned Raaf Hekkema - check him out playing soprano in the Calefax Reed Quintet - "Rameau Nouvelles Suites" and "Bach Goldberg Variations". Incredible.

    Vincent David CD "Crossover", and as the soprano player in Arcanes CD "R+D". Unreal.

    Simon Haram's CD "Alone" is beautiful.

    Christopher Creviston has a few recordings now of his sensitive and dazzling soprano skills.

    Michael Ibrahim has a Bach CD where he plays one of the violin concertos with such clarity and control. I think I got it on CDBaby once upon a time.

    There are two "perfect" tracks that I point to in any discussion on soprano playing. Claude Delangle's Ravel Sonatine recording on "Saxophone for a Lady" and Timothy McAllister's Veldhuis Garden of Love on the Prism Quartet CD "Pitch Black".

    Don't tell anyone, but I might be listening to Julien Petit's soprano playing more than any other saxo stuff these days. He's unbelievable, especially in the Klezmer thing. Check out Trio Klezele on vimeo.com. That's him.
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    Thank you all for your suggestions and help.
    Best,
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    Nobuya Sugawa playing Fantasia by Villa-Lobos:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZRzY...ED0F192F14E318
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-Yp2...14E318&index=2

    I'm not really an expert on this subject, but to this is some marvelous soprano playing IMO.

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    Dr. McAllister playing the Mackey Concerto with ASU. Unreal. http://www.tresonamultimedia.com/pro...-Mackey/111931
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    Amherst Saxophone Quartet's Salvatore Andolina is an amazing player. I highly recommend Bach on Sax and Mozart to Modern
    here is Bach's Badinerie from suite 2:


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