On Saturday 30th September Andrew McGregor was joined on BBC Radio 3 Record Review by oboist and producer Sarah Devonald to review the latest wind CD releases. The Ferio Saxophone Quartet’s recording for Chandos, ‘Flux‘, featured on the programme. McGregor and Devonald discussed the recording at length and praised it very highly for the choice of repertoire, the calibre of the performances by Ferio and the quality of the sound.  

First up was Bozza’s Andante et Scherzo pour quatour saxophones, after which Sarah Devonald set the context by commenting:

“They have chosen a really interesting programme for their debut CD on Chandos, they are really tracing the history of the saxophone quartet through these composers from Singelée onwards ……..a really interesting pastiche from Hugo Reinhart….. which really works and they play it beautifully”

On Lago’s Sarajevo Devonald said:

‘I love that mix of yearning nostalgia and busy minimalist figures … the drama here… It is thought out in a great deal of detail… I love the way that the Ferios translate that so well… when that busy figure starts, the bottom players give a lovely soft attack to their tonguing, make a really lovely breathy sound to allow the melodies to soar in a much more clear cut way over the top…. I mean really fantastic performance.’

Further views expressed by Andrew McGregor and Sarah Devonald were:

“I really admire the way the Ferios have done this. They have not resorted to any arrangements at all … I think it works very well as a CD”

“It has been beautifully recorded”

“A really successful CD”

Listen again to this episode of Radio 3 Record Review – please start at about 1 hour 58 minutes 

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