Branford Marsalis Plays Glazunov and Schulhoff

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis has been making the rounds with symphony orchestras this season, including a recent series of dates with the New York Philharmonic. In this week's broadcast, we hear his performances of Glazunov’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra and Erwin Schulhoff’s “Hot-Sonate” for alto saxophone and piano, arranged for winds, brass, double basses and percussion by Richard Rodney Bennett. Also on the eclectic program are Haydn’s Symphony No. 60 (“Il Distratto,” or “The Absent-Minded Man”) and Strauss’s suite from the comédie-ballet Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

Program details:

Haydn: Symphony No. 60, Il distratto

Glazunov: Concerto for Alto Saxophone

Schulhoff: Hot-Sonate for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

R. Strauss: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme

Andrey Boreyko, conductor

Branford Marsalis, Alto Saxophone

Comments [2]

Frank from Upstate

It's a shame the NYPO could not engage a dedicated classical player from the world of academia to play these works - preferably from New York State or the South, the only regions in which proper classical saxophone is actually taught.

Regardless of Mr. Marsalis' obvious talent, his undoubted expressiveness, and his obvious love of these particular pieces, the results are less than correct. Correct rendition requires a change in equipment and an approach that is informed by artistry and the literature - not merely the sound or expressiveness of the saxophone.

May. 30 2011 12:39 PM
Ghislaine isidore

I attend the NYPh / B. Marsalis concert an 2/17/11. The music were fantastic. Is there a recording of the two pieces? Do you have them for sale?

Mar. 06 2011 01:23 PM

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