SEASON 2015 / 2016

Ferio Saxophone Quartet have an exciting array of music to showcase through a choice of four very different yet all wonderfully compelling and musically varied programmes. For prospective concert bookings, please feel free to contact us.

PROGRAMME 1: Curious Colours of Europe

Ferio explores the unfamiliar routes of Europe from the poignant reaches of Pärt, through two of the great classics of saxophone literature by Glazunov and Desenclos to the warm embrace of the familiar but never tiring Elgar.

Ferenc Farkas
Old Hungarian Dances from the 17th Century (1991)

Arvo Pärt
Fratres (arr. Ferio) (1977)

Guillermo Lago
Cordoba and Sarejevo from Ciudades (2011)

Alexander Glazunov
Finale from Saxophone Quartet, op.109 (1932)

Joseph Haydn
Allegretto and Adagio from String Quartet Op. 76 no. 5 (arr. Ferio) (1796/1797)

Alfred Desenclos
Allegro non Troppo from Quatuor pour Saxophones (1963)

Edward Elgar
Salut D’Amour, op.12 (arr. Ferio) (1888)

Georges Bizet
Suite from Carmen (arr. Ferio) (1875)

PROGRAMME 2: Old Masters and the Saxophone

Invented in 1846 the saxophone did not see the reign of the Great composers of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic period, so we have brought them to us. With a diverse palate of tonal colour, versatility and emotion, all saxophonists like to believe these musical masters certainly would have written for the saxophone quartet.

J.S Bach
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535 (arr. Ferio) (1845)

Edvard Grieg
Air and Rigaudon from Holberg Suite, op. 40 (arr. Ferio) (1884)

Gaetano Donizetti
Una Furtiva Lagrima from L’Elisir D’Amore (arr. Ferio) (1831)

Joseph Haydn
Menuetto and Finale from String Quartet Op. 76 no. 5 (arr. Ferio) (1796/1797)

Giovanni Pergolesi
Stabat Mater (arr. Ferio) (1736)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Selections from The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (arr. Ferio) (1892)

Edward Elgar
Salut D’Amour, op.12 (arr. Ferio) (1888)

Gioachino Rossini
Overture from The Barber of Seville (arr. Ferio) (1816)

PROGRAMME 3: The Union Jack encounters some Minimalist Stars and Stripes

This programme showcases the British saxophone at its best, intertwined with responses from across the Atlantic. The grooving beats of STUB provides a stark contrast to Glass’s hypnotic Saxophone Quartet which in turn is distinct from the hauntingly beautiful Bryars. The programme quietly concludes with a reflection of British composition provided by the elegant simplicity of William Byrd.

Graham Fitkin
STUB (1991)

Gavin Bryars
Alaric I or II (1989)

Michael Nyman
String quartet no. 2 (arr. David Roach) (1988)

Samuel Barber
Adagio for Strings (arr. Philippe Marillia) (1936)

Michael Torke
July (1995)

Philip Glass
iii and iv from Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (1995)

William Byrd
Ave Verum Corpus (arr. Ferio) (1605)

PROGRAMME 4: Innovative keystones of the Saxophone LiteraturE

Unlike most modern wind instruments which evolved though time and with the efforts of numerous craftsmen, the inception and progression of the saxophone was the result of one individual: its inventor, Adolphe Sax. The following hundred and fifty years have seen the saxophone become integrated into all genres of musical culture across the world due to its versatility and tonal beauty. This timeline of original saxophone quartet compositions shows how the controversial instrument has not only been accepted into musical culture but has become a pioneer of numerous significant composers.

Jean Baptiste Singelee
Andante and Allegro from Premier Quatour, Op.53 (1857)

Aleksandr Glazunov
Canzona Variée and 5 variations from Saxophone Quartet, Op. 109 (1932)

Alfred Desenclos
Allegro non troppo from Quatuor pour Saxophones (1963)

Gavin Bryars
Alaric I and II (1989)

Thierry Eschaich
Tango Virtuoso (1991)

Philip Glass
IV from Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (1995)

Jacob ter Veldhuis
Pitch Black (1998)

Guillermo Lago
Selections from Ciudades (2011-2015)

Philippe Geiss
Patchwork (2011)