To start us off, saxophonist Doug O’Connor plays as a match-maker of dance forms, pairing a baroque partita with Argentine tango. The saxophone has very little classical repertoire written for it, so as a transcriber, O’Connor has all the fun of choosing his own rep. How will this outsider’s instrument fare in these diverse styles?Listen to find out.
The reed passes from saxophone to clarinet as a group of instrumentalists from Mannes rounds out the show. They perform a Brahms quintet on the instruments it was written for. This is a traditional rendering of the work, but a good performance might show you why they called him
"Brahms the Progressive."
J.S. Bach – Partita in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne (Doug O’Connor, saxophone)
Astor Piazzolla – Suite (Doug O’Connor, saxophone)
Brahms – Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115: III. Andantino & IV. Finale (Mannes College musicians)