The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

Works by Bergman, Xenakis, Dünser and others

The Raschér Saxophone Quartet was founded in the USA in 1969 by four saxophone enthusiasts. Sigurd Raschèr, the prime mover, had been touring the world as a solo saxophonist ever since the 1930s, and his virtuosity and ground-breaking achievements inspired composers like Hindemith, Ibert and Glazunov to write music for what at that time was a sadly neglected instrument.

The sound of the quartet is unique, due to all four players using instruments of the earlier type, with the dimensions originally intended by the saxophone’s inventor, Adolphe Sax. Many composers have been fascinated by the sound of the Raschèr Qurartet together with the orchestra, with the result that a dozen or more works have been written for this combination.

For this CD the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet chose to present pieces from its international repertoire, by composers who have appreciated the potentialities of the saxophone. Many exciting new listening experiences are offered, in works by Erik Bergman, Richard Dünser, Iannis Xenakis, Michael Denhoff, Günter Bialas and Dimitri Terzakis.

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    • 1.
      etwas rasher op. 108 Music: Erik Bergman
    • 2.
      Persone I - V Music: Richard Dünser
    • 3.
      XAS Music: Iannis Xenakis
    • 4.
      pnoxoud Music: Michael Denhoff
    • 5.
      6 Bagatelles Music: Günter Bialas
    • 6.
      Panta rei Music: Dimitri Terzakis
  • Total playtime 66'10

Compact Disc // CAP 21435 // Klassiskt // Releasedate: 1 January, 1994