This Autumn, the Amstel Quartet will be busy recording music for two new projects: Maxim Shalygin’s ‘Todos los Fuego el Fuego’ for saxophone octet, together with the Keuris Quartet, along with laying down the final tracks for our forthcoming own CD.
Fire Piece for Saxophone Octet
Todos los Fuego el Fuego: Upon its premiere in Den Haag as part of the Dag in de Branding festival, this monumental 75-minute, 8-movement work was praised by Dutch press both for the “wondrous symbiosis...of stylistic elements” of the composition and the “phenomenal playing” of the Amstel and Keuris Quartets. With upcoming performances at November Music in Den Bosch and at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, this “Mahler Symphony for double saxophone quartet” is a substantial addition to the saxophone repertoire.
We will soon be undertaking 3 days of intensive recording sessions, with the composer directing, to document this wonderful new piece for the world. To that end, we are undertaking a crowdfunding campaign to finance the recording and production of a CD. Please have a look below and help support us:
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New Amstel CD
In the next months the Amstel Quartet will also go into the studio as a quartet to complete their forthcoming CD, their first in five years.
While we can’t reveal too much yet, the recording will explore music influenced by dance and rhythmic elements, and include pieces by Torke, Lauba, Creston, and Mellits. Keep an eye out for more details soon!