The hot Italian summer of 1982; four young Dutch saxophonists rehearsing in Via Aurelia in Rome; the beginning of a sensational, pioneering chamber-music ensemble: the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet.
Then came: Concerts throughout the world from Suntory Hall in Tokyo to the Gewandhaus in Leipzig – not to mention the little church in Marken-Binnen in the Dutch province of Noord-Holland and a municipal centre in Oristano, Sardinia which smelt of beer.
Radio and television performances from Washington, DC to Tirana, Albania. Broadcasts on the Emmeloord Patients’ Radio Network to TV Wolgograd.
Currently nine CDs to the group’s name, one of which won an Edison and international praise, setting a new standard for saxophone quartets the world over.
Collaboration with artists from all disciplines, including dance and theatre (Peter Drost, René Groothof), as well as a great many musicians: pianists Ivo Janssen and Juan Pablo Dobal, bandoneon players Gustavo Toker and Carel Kraaijenhof, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Georgian women’s choir Mzetamze, the gamelan ensemble Multifoon, Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, the Japanese saxophone quartet Trouvère, the Hague Residentie Orchestra, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and others.
Over seventy world premieres of works by ter Veldhuis, Goldstein, Keuris, Andriessen and many others. The group gives compositions the chance to grow and plays pieces frequently so that they are heard often.
Astounding and ambitious arrangements. String quartets by Ravel, Debussy and Shostakovich. The Art of Fugue, the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti. Pushing boundaries for our one great love: the saxophone quartet. (Promotion text)
n 1994 the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet recorded the CD “Contrasaxeando / Tango Nuevo” with bandoneon player Gustavo Toker and pianist Juan Pablo Dobal. An extensive concert tour followed, with bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhof eventually replacing Toker. The tour and the CD were devoted to the music of Astor Piazzolla and both were extremely successful.
I live part time in Amsterdam where this quartet is based. Not only are they stunning musicians, but this CD is one of my all time favorite albums of ANY music and I’m a professional musician. If you are into tango and sax, you won’t be disappointed. Also notice this is a live album and that all the pieces are arranged by different members of the quartet themselves. (Shelley A Mesirow)
Recorded live at De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, Netherlands on 26th June 1994
André Arends (alto saxophone)
Arno Bornkamp (tenor saxophone)
Johan van der Linden (soprano saxophone)
Willem van Merwijk (baritone saxophone)
J.P. Dobal (piano)
Gustavo Toker (bandoneon)
01. Escualo 5.01
02. Adios Nonino 8.24
03. Caliente 4.52
04. Astor Que Estas En Los Cielos (Toker) 11.29
05. Contrabajeando 2.39
06. Las Estaciones Portenias 10.37
07. Vayamos Al Diablo 1.59
08. Four For Tango 6.33
09. Milonga Del Angel 6.36
10. Contrabajissimo 11.24
11. Michelangelo 2.47
12. Fuga Y Misterio 3.41
13. Variaciones de la Fuga 1.11
all compisitions by Astor Piazolla except as indicated