Vredenburg - Leeuwenberg

May 22

May 22, 2011 / 11:00
Utrecht, The Netherlands


What do you do when you are a saxophonist and you love César Franck, Johannes Brahms and Pjotr Tsjaikovski, yet at the same time, you know that none of them ever wrote music for your beloved reed instrument? You compose your own three part Chamber Symphony and you take a part from an existing symphony by each composer and you adapt it for a saxophone quartet. ‘That works perfectly, because a saxophone has its own naturally rich range’, explains Remco Jak, the saxophonist who arranged the three part Chamber Symphony. ‘A saxophone can produce both a raw and a delicate sound, it can be both extremely soft and as loud as a hurricane, just like a symphony orchestra. The idea of the composed symphony stems from the possibilities and the richness in sound that this instrument has.’ It is one of the many ambitious projects, which has earned the Amstel Quartet their extraordinary reputation.