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Salle Métropole, Lausanne Raschèr Saxophone Quartet / Sinfonietta de Lausanne / Alexander Mayer
The Five Chapters present a personal account of momentary events. They diverge in outlook and direction but are intertwined through melodic ties and elastic material.
Chapter 1 begins with solo soprano saxophone introducing the first theme of the movement. As all the instruments combine, the motives fluctuate between enigma and urgency , often irregular and sometimes impatient. The four saxophones unite at the apex to restate the initial melody. There is always a sense of pulsing movement and gathering intensity.
Chapter 2 commences with a steady flow of time passing in pizzicato strings. The saxophones take up the lyrical line - first one soloist, then another. The motion increases and shapes towards a larger emotional surrounding. Layers are added and taken away, each representing a part of a story.
Chapter 3 is characterised by chatter, gatherings and activity. The divided forces blend as one sound machine. The music streams ahead, accented and speckled, velocity always on its mind.
Chapter 4 is the most sparse of the five. It suggests a frozen riddle entangled in a network of secrets. It features the use of a single chord for an extended period. A solitary melody is allowed to enter, shifting the elements further.
In Chapter 5 the four saxophones join forces in vigorous and spiralling material. The movement is punctuated by angular syncopation and flickering solo flashes amidst a strong beat and motoric sentiment. Cells weave in and around the pulse whilst short cadenza-like bursts add fuel to the swift momentum.