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Dances And Delights

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Dances And Delights
Dances And Delights


Following the success of their Odradek Records releases, 'Flashback' and 'French Connection', Duo Ultima returns with an irresistible programme of 'Dances & Delights' for saxophone and piano, including pieces by Ibert and Piazzolla.

Guido Baumer (saxophone) and Aladar Racz (piano) have chosen a delectable selection of pieces for this album, each of them exhibiting elements of dance or comedy. There are two Bozza pieces inspired by the 'Commedia dell'arte': 'Scaramouche' and 'Pulcinella', and a suite of sweets by Delvincourt, whose 'Croquembouches', dating from the 1920s, features an array of movements inspired by different desserts.

As Guido Bäumer describes in the album booklet, "Pascal's 'Sonatine' is one of the great virtuoso works of the classical saxophone literature, a bravura piece that is an expression of French 'savoir-vivre', and in the 'Pièces Françaises' by Decruck, the landscapes, smells and images of France come to life via many facets of saxophone technique" Ibert's 'Aria' dates from 1930 and was originally written for mezzo-soprano and piano. Its enchanting melody has since been arranged for numerous different instrumental combinations, including saxophone and piano.

Piazzolla's 'Etudes Tanguistiques' were written in 1987; originally for solo flute, they follow the lineage, from Biber to Bach to Berio, of solo works that display 'contrapuntal' characteristics, creating a sense of more than one line in the context of a solo work.

Praise for Duo Ultima's 'French Connection' on Odradek:

"These two musicians are clearly in fine synergy with each other, and this is an excellent place for expanding your collection of saxophone music." Music Web International


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  2. Eugène Bozza - Scaramouche, Op. 53, No. 2
  3. Claude Delvincourt - Croquembouches - I. Plum Pudding
  4. Claude Delvincourt - Croquembouches - II. Puits D'Amour
  5. Claude Delvincourt - Croquembouches - III. Nègre En Chemise
  6. Claude Delvincourt - Croquembouches - IV. Linzer Tart
  7. Claude Delvincourt - Croquembouches - V. Grenadine
  8. Claude Delvincourt - Croquembouches - VI. Rahat Loukhoum
  9. Eugène Bozza - Pulcinella, Op. 53, No. 1
  10. Fernande Decruck - Pièces Françaises - I. Tambourin
  11. Fernande Decruck - Pièces Françaises - II. Vieux Calvaire
  12. Fernande Decruck - Pièces Françaises - III. Villageoise
  13. Fernande Decruck - Pièces Françaises - IV. Forlane
  14. Fernande Decruck - Pièces Françaises - V. L'Horloge
  15. Fernande Decruck - Pièces Françaises - VI. Rondel
  16. Fernande Decruck - Pièces Françaises - VII. Rigaudon
  17. Fernande Decruck - Pièces Françaises - VIII. Toccata
  18. Jacques Ibert - Aria
  19. Claude Pascal - Sonatine
  20. Astor Piazzolla - Études Tanguistiques No. 4
  21. Astor Piazzolla - Études Tanguistiques No. 5
  22. Astor Piazzolla - Études Tanguistiques No. 6
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