Chant du Saxophone Tenor (2007)

Glazounov, Schumann, Hartley, Smirnov, Martin, Schmitt, Ward

Niels Bijl

Halfway through the 19th century instrument-builder Adolphe Sax surprised the music world with the invention of the saxophone. The instrument was an immediate success. In the years that followed many composers (e.g. Berlioz, Bizet) saw the endless possibilities of this instrument and employed it in orchestral works and chamber music. In no time the saxophone became very popular, becoming immortal through its frequent use in the rise of Jazz in the 1920s. 
It is striking that many of the Jazz pioneers chose the tenor saxophone (e.g. Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins), the tenor is also a favourite of plenty of prominent composers in compositions for symphony orchestra (e.g. the Bolero of Ravel, Romeo and Juliet of Prokofiev). The tenor saxophone can, without a doubt, be seen as the most lyrical member of the saxophone family, but strangely enough this is not clearly reflected in chamber music. However, there are still a number of gems where the lyrical qualities of this instrument are very effectively revealed. 

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Niels Bijl

Niels’ love for the tenor saxophone began as a 12-year-old under the inspiring tutorship of Willy van Diepen in Haaksbergen. During the early years Niels was mostly active in Big Bands and Blues and Jazz bands (including founder of the blues band Cuban Heels), but later at the Conservatorium in Enschede his knowledge of classical and contemporary music was perfected under the supervision of Arno Bornkamp and Johan van der Linden. Currently Niels works as saxophonist on regular productions with symphony orchestras (including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Anima Eterna, World Orchestra for Peace) but his passion lies in Chamber Music, collaborating with among others: the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, pianists Hans-Erik Dijkstra, Rob Horsting, harpist Maaike Bosscher and recorder player Ronald Moelker. His most important motivations are a quest for innovation, quality and passion in music. He shares this passion with young saxophonists through giving master classes around the world and, closer to home, his activities at the music school in Hengelo.

Photo: skarstermusic.com

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Chant du Saxophone Tenor (2007)

Glazounov, Schumann, Hartley, Smirnov, Martin, Schmitt, Ward

Niels Bijl

Producer: Jos Boerland
Recording Engineer: Jos Boerland
Recording location: Music School Doetinchem, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Chant du Menestrel Op.71 (1912)
Glazounov
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Andante und Allegro Op. 70 (1849)
Schumann
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Andante und Allegro Op. 70 (1849)
Schumann
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Poem (1967)
Hartley
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Evening Song Op.56 (1990)
Smirnov
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Ballade (1940)
Martin
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Ballade (1940)
Martin
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Songe de Coppelius Op.30 nr. 11 (1906)
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Concerto (1983)
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Concerto (1983)
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