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30 May 2024
Fairy Tales: Recital Music from Eastern Europe for Saxophone and Piano

Anya Fadina (piano)
Kyle Horch (saxophone)
Yshani Perinpanayagam (piano)

It is a curious fact that, although the saxophone is often thought of as being a “French” or “American” instrument, Eastern European composers were among the earliest to use the saxophone in scores of great quality. Shostakovich and Prokofiev both used the saxophone in orchestral and ballet works during the 1930s-40s, and Glazunov wrote one of the major concertos for the instrument in 1934. With the aid of Ravel, the saxophone is perhaps best known as an orchestral instrument from the famous solo – “The Old Castle” – in his 1922 orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. So, the saxophone and Eastern European music go back quite a long way together. Fairy Tales is an exploration of some of the very fine recital works for saxophone and piano by composers from Eastern Europe. Today, there is a rich repertoire of original and arranged works from which a saxophonist can choose. Beyond the geographic theme, the selected pieces also share other affinities: strands of poetic storytelling, references to folk-music, and magical fairy-tale imagery. The booklet contains informative notes from Kyle Horch on all of the pieces featured on this release.


Alexandre Tcherepnine: Sonatine Sportive

I. I. Lutte

II. II. Mi-temps

III. III. Course

Sergei Prokofiev transcr. Kyle Horch: Cinq melodies, Op. 35

I. I. Andante

II. II. Lento, ma non troppo

III. III. Animato, ma non allegro

IV. IV. Andantino, un poco scherzando

V. V. Andante non troppo

Eduard Tubin: Sonata for also saxophone and piano

I. I. Allegro

II. II. Adagio (Ein Trubadurlied aus dem 13 Jahrhundert)

III. III. Allegro vivace

Eduardas Balsys: Three fragments from the ballet "Eglé, Queen of the Serpents"

I. I. Little fish

II. II. Mischievous Drebulyté

III. III. Eglé's Lament

Krzysztof Herdzin: Fairytale Stories

I. I. Story I: Giocoso

II. II. Story II: Amoroso

III. III. Story III: Con bravura

IV. IV. Story IV: Delizioso

V. V. Story V: Giocoso e leggiero

VI. VI. Story VI. Leggiero con fantasia

VII. VII. Story VII. Molto cantabile e espressivo

VIII. VIII. Story VIII. Giocoso e leggiero

Recorded in Trinity School, Croydon, GB on 20th December 2021 to 23rd December 2021
Recording Engineering: Michael Whight
Recording Production: Michael Whight

NR202101        View Booklet     UPC: 0754523666266

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