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Romances for Saxophone

Branford Marsalis , Gabriel Faure , Modest Mussorgsky , Sergey Rachmaninov , Maurice Ravel , Erik Satie , Igor Stravinsky , Heitor Villa-Lobos , Michel Colombier , Claude Debussy Audio CD
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World-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis, born in 1960, has always been a man of numerous musical interests. The three-time Grammy winner has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world's most promising new and ... Read more in Amazon's Branford Marsalis Store

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  • 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 (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Gymnopedie No. 3
9. Prelude
10. Piece en forme de Habanera
11. Sicilienne
12. Serenata
13. The Old Castle

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! March 28, 2001
By A Customer
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars only 5 reviews??!!?? 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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars puts the class in classical 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars aren't enough!! December 28, 2002
By ellafan
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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be misled. This is a classical, not a jazz album. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Magical November 26, 1999
By A Customer
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars turn down the lights and listen
I discovered this album about 15 years ago...finally i have one this music is awesome
Published 6 days ago by onur senler
5.0 out of 5 stars This is yummy
I especially love Emmanuel!! The entire album is very relaxing and I can play it during psychotherapy without clients being distracted.
Published 3 months ago by Marilyn Sears
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is inspiration for the discipline and respect assossiated with...
Tonal qualities are varied and excellent, and the CD demonstrates that the soprano sax is worth far more exposure in both classical and jazz music. Read more
Published 18 months ago by E. D. Durrant
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD made me into a concert music fan!
Before I got this CD, I really was not much of a classical music fan. But this CD changed my life! After listening to this CD a dozen times, I became completely hooked on... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dr.Marti
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a wonderful CD (Songs: 1 "amazing", 2 "great", 2 "average"...
As a soprano sax player, I was amazed by the pure tone Branford was able to achieve on the Mark 6.
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"Pavane" by Gabriel Faure is the best recording of... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Aaron May
5.0 out of 5 stars Saxaphone: Great Relaxing Music with Debussy
ROMANCES FOR SAXOPHONE featuring Branford Marsalis, accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra, is one of my favorite CD's for relaxing lite-classical. Read more
Published on January 13, 2012 by Maizie Lucille James
2.0 out of 5 stars Far worse than I expected...
This album is very disappointing. The soprano saxophone's nasal sound on this seems quite out of character with the music it's playing. Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by dysfunctional-harmony
5.0 out of 5 stars Branford Marsalis sweet alto saxophone
Branford Marsalis performance on the alto saxophone is impeccable. He has selected for this recording a very neat selection of classical pieces, not traditionally written for the... Read more
Published on August 6, 2010 by JLG
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly beautiful
Evocative, haunting, and so expressive, this CD showcases the technical skill of Branford Marsalis. His playing seems effortless as he somehow coaxes the soprano saxophone into... Read more
Published on March 11, 2009 by C. J. Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
This is simply some of the most beautiful music ever written, and it's played with feeling by Marsalis. Highly recommended.
Published on January 11, 2009 by VP
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