Koppel, Anders: Works For Saxophone & Orchestra (Da Capo Audio CD)

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Works For Saxophone & Orchestra (Da Capo Audio CD)

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Works for Saxophone and orchestra
Benjamin Koppel, saxophone

Anders Koppel, composer

Odense Symphony Orchestra
Nicolae Moldoveanu, conductor

Anders Koppel is to a rare degree a composer of his time. With one leg solidly planted in the classical European musical tradition and the other in world music and rock/jazz, Anders Koppel’s activities as a composer can be seen as one long continuous effort to combine these cultures in a contemporary musical idiom. The saxophone concertos were both written for Anders
Koppel’s son Benjamin Koppel, who is one of the most wideranging saxophonists playing today.

Benjamin Koppel erweist sich mit seinem Saxophon als brillanter Solist und Melodiker, der mit rhythmischer Finesse und Feinfühligkeit die strukturellen Besonderheiten prägt. Neben den komponierten Noten sind grade die vielen Improvisationen, die immer wieder zum Gehör kommen, sehr eindrücklich".

I Benjamin Koppel...har Anders Koppel fundet en ideel solist, der ubesværet bevæger sig rundt i såvel den komponerede kompositionsmusik som de friere moderne jazzstilarter, ikke blot er Benjamin Koppel en forrygende improvisator, hvilket udnyttes flittigt i de to koncerter, han behersker også de to traditioners vidt forskellige klangidealer på instrumentet, og det er unikt.

Der er masser af underholdning og god og gedigen komposition og musiceren på denne cd. Benjamin Koppels spil realiserer det hele på aldeles blændende vis.
(Dansk Musik Tidsskrift, 10/2006)

Dacapo´s clear, vibrant recording balances the soloist and orchestra perfectly, enhancing an already enjoyable listening experience.
(10/10 Classics Today Read full review)

The music is colourful, tuneful, full of lively rhytms...splendidly negotiated by Benjamin Koppel and wholeheartedly supported by the Odense Symphony Orchestra...First class recording!
(Musicweb International)

... All three works are delivered with great skill and zest by Koppel Fils, with the excellent Odense Symphony Orchestra under Nicolae Moldoveanu. Cracking sound for an invigorating disc.
(Nordic Sounds, 12/2006)

Mit graziöser Barockornamentik und urbaner Jazz-Eloquenz im ersten, im zweiten mit frivolen Tango-Flirts und lässigen Flaneur-Attitüden. Perfekt.
(Music Manual Vienna, 2006 / 2007)
Recorded at the Carl Nielsen Hall, Odense on 26 September - 1 October 2005.

Recording producer: Henrik Sleiborg.
Sound engineer: Knud-Erik Esmarch.
Recording assistants: Torben Laursen and Niels Flensted.
Editing & mix: Troels Møller, Anders and Benjamin Koppel at Gaardhuset.

Graphic Design: Denise Burt.
Publishers: Norsk Musikforlag (Concerto no. 1) and Edition Wilhelm Hansen AS, www.ewh.dk (Concerto no. 2, Swan Song).

This CD was sponsored by BG Fonden, Dansk Musikforlæggerforening, Dansk Musiker Forbund,
Augustinus Fonden, Danish Composers’ Society/KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and KODA’s Collective Blank Tape Remuneration.

This CD has been recorded in cooperation with the Danish Broadcasting Cooperation.

Contents and Reviews


Concerto no. 1 for Saxophone and Orchestra (1992/rev.2004) 1.Andante - Largo - Andante 2.Adagio - Moderato - Tranquillo 3.Moderato - Andante - Allegro agitato Concerto no. 2 for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (2003) 4.Andante - Allegro 5.Moderato - Allegro 6.Largo 7.Allegro assai - Allegretto scherzando 8.Vivace Swan Song for Alto Saxophone, Harp and Strings (1987/2005) 9. Larghetto, tranquillo