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Romances for Saxophone

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Product Details

  • Composer: Gabriel Faure, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergey Rachmaninov, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026EH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This incredible album features Branford Marsalis' moving performances of classical music from the romantic period. I enjoy a variety of musical styles, particularly classical and jazz. I wasn't familiar with any of this music or many of these composers when I bought it 15 years ago. I bought it because I enjoyed Marsalis' Jazz, and thought a classical album from him would be interesting. 15 years later, this remains one of my very favorite CDs in my large collection, and I now love music from composers like Faure, Villa-Lobos, and Satie, which this album introduced me to. And I have never heard these pieces performed better than on this great album.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. S. Lord on March 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It would be disingenuous to say this is a "crossover" CD for Branford Marsalis, popularly known as a jazz artist. But what this achingly beautiful collection does is to melt all stereotypes away. Not only those that have been pinned on jazz artists in general, or Marsalis in particular, but the entire classical genre. As classical music can often be so intimidating and inaccessible to a mainstream audience, Marsalis dares to let his haunting sax breathe new life into all the selections. Trust me. As other reviewers have said, this will do three things: 1) Become one of your top five CD's in your collection, 2) Make you run out and buy other Marsalis CD's, and 3) Awaken or re-awaken you to the classics. Played like this, you can close your eyes and know, just know, it is the soundtrack of your life and all lives worth living.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Larry Read on January 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've owned THREE (3) copies of this CD (which is a personal record). I received this album for Christmas in 1987 after shameless hinting to my more than wonderful aunt and uncle in Houston. It was stolen in a break-in three days later. I purchased it again in 1991 only to have it stolen in yet another break-in in 1992. Yikes! I immediately re-purchased it at Jelly's, Pearl Kai, Oahu (great store!) a week later. I've (fortunately) retained the third copy to this day.
Back in 1987 this album introduced me to a wide variety of composers and re-aquainted me with some familiar ones. To any high-schooler as I was, or any neophyte, classical music can be daunting. As I was already a Branford fan on the jazz side of the house, "Romances" opened a whole new door for that me. I feel like it's still a great way for us mainstream classical fans to introduce new recruits to our almost esoteric circle.
If you don't have it, buy it and share it with any of your friends that might be intellectually astute enough to appreciate it. They'll thank you.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Craig Johnston on November 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Branford Marsalis is possibly one of the most complete and fluent sax players alive. Marsalis is a prime example of a musician who can transcend boundaries and produce great music regardless of the genre. Having served in Stings band in the 80's, adding a glimpse of class to an otherwise dismal Jay Leno show in the early 90's and a stellar career as the leader of a premiere jazz combo throughout, Romance for Saxophone is scenic stop in his tour of the modern musical landscape.
The works in "Romance" are brilliantly adapted for the soprano sax, many of them from vocal, piano, flute and oboe solos of some of the most popular late Romantic works. These works precede the invention of the saxophone, so great care must have been taken in arranging these peices for the sax, as to not compromise the spirit of the works.
Marsalis is a technically brilliant player, and other players would be wise to refer to his pure sweet soprano tone ( as opposed to many of the nasaly "smooth jazz" players out now)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ellafan on December 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This gorgeous CD is one of my very favorites,and I can't believe I haven't written a review of it!! I keep going back to this music time and time again,for many reasons..mostly reveling in the sheer beauty of the music and Mr.Marsalis'astounding talent.This is one of those CD's you lose yourself in.Very evocative.Very romantic.Downright sensuous.Performed with love and passion.Please,if you only know Mr.Marsalis from his wonderful jazz work,just give this a try.You will develop a whole new appreciation for his remarkable,diverse repertoire.He is a treasure.Period.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Moran on November 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Branford Marsalis plays with all sensitivity and expression. Whether an orchestra or a chorus behind him. The album is characterized by dramatic interludes. He plays "Claire de Lune" by Debussy heartfelt exhibiting great range with a harp accompaniment. The ensemble is perfect. Due to the nature of the instrument, coloring is soulful and mournful throughout. Marsalis handles the phrasing well but does not overcome the limitations of his instrument. If you're looking for "hot, down and dirty Sax", this is not the album you are looking for. If you are looking to expand your collection of classical music, it is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I don't normaly like classical music, but this CD really moved me, it was a grear way to get introduced to some very famous and imotional pieces w/o the heaviness of a whole Orchestra. Marsales' clear and clean sound really transports the imagination
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This is a wondrous recording that does a great service to every piece of music featured. Listen to one of the tracks a couple of times and then YouTube the same track as performed in by any one of a dozen others. "Oh" you will say "I wouldn't have like that as much if I heard it this way first." You cannot make everyone happy with classical recordings because of the high minded intellectual snobbery that exists whereas the fundamental joy of the song is what matters...that which transcends...
There are some citations of Mr. Marsalis not being "in tune" but rest assured that the astronomical musical talent and knowledge possessed by both him and the conductor would never allow this to make print. The misunderstanding comes from something more subtle i.e. timbre. You can play the same note on the saxophone in a multitude of ways and each of them is in tune, however, as a virtuoso you know how to exploit the right timbre, tone and volume to match the piece of music. You can play an upbeat A flat or make that same note cry. The crying note can strike one as being out of tune but it is not. Sometimes he makes the notes cry in agony and other times soar but they are in tune...both harmonically and artistically.
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