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Saxiana

Bedart, Durand Albeniz , William Bensimhon , Laurent Wagschhal Nicolas Prost Audio CD
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  • Performer: William Bensimhon , Laurent Wagschhal Nicolas Prost
  • Composer: Bedart, Durand Albeniz
  • Audio CD (November 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eroica Classical
  • ASIN: B00007IT2B
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Caprice
2. Caprice En Forme De Valse
3. Rapsodie Bretonne
4. Fantaisie
5. Fuzzy Bird Sonata: sing,bird
6. Fuzzy Bird Sonata: run, bird
7. Fuzzy Bird Sonata: fly,bird
8. Crazy Rag
9. Le Saxalnicsel
10. Mégara
11. Asturias

Editorial Reviews

Nicolas Prost has always considered the saxophone a solo instrument, because of its warm and penetrating sound qualities. His successes include a prestigious 1st Prize and post-graduate distinction from the Paris Conservatoire. He is currently sponsored by the Yamaha foundation. He has won First Prize in several international competitions as well.

His first CD received a 5 star rating from Diapason magazine. He has made regular appearances as a soloist both in France and abroad, including performances with the Mexico State Orchestra, the Ausburg Camerata, EC of Montreal, European Camerata of London, Musiciens de la Pree of Paris, and the Philharmonic of Limoges.

In 1995, Nicolas Prost was appointed as principal saxophone in the prestigious Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, directed by Yutaka Sado. In addition to his solo engagements, he is an active chamber musician, as a member of the Emphasis saxophone quartet, and the new Saxiana Trio.

Currently, he is professor of saxophone at Saint-Germain en Laye Conservatory near Paris, and the author of numerous teaching methods. He is the founder of the Interregional Saxophone Fstival, and Director of the 1st International Competition in Limoges


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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, maybe too Modern Though November 26, 2003
I'm a huge fan of Nicolas Prost's playing. This is different legit sax playing then what you'll hear on most legit albums (which can be a good thing). Prost plays Yamaha saxophones, which are bright, metallic, and somewhat raspy, yet extremely easy to play and control. So instantly this album sounds different then anything you'll ever hear. Prost takes advantage of the horns ability to scream with Bozza's Caprice, which is a piece I have performed and played. In my opinion he plays it too fast, but it's not distracting at all - he's amazing. Unfortunately the arpeggio's in the second half of the piece are played so fast that he rushes and misses some notes. His crescendo's and decrescendo's are good but not in the French style, much too modern sounding, especially the last two measures of the piece - too loud. Bozza wrote this piece so that it would just sing out loud. I felt like this is what would happen if Metallica and Londeix created a song together.
Other then that, this album is pure perfection. Never in my life have I heard someone play Caprice En Forme De Valse so perfect. Pace is everything with the De Valse and he never lost pace. Perfect. Fuzzy Bird was a real joy to listen to and made me get my old Selmer out and play for hours. His intonation is so relaxing to listen to. I never got nervous listening to him play and thinking he's going to screw up like I do with so many sax musicians these days. Asturias is probably the best solo piece on the album. Prost's technique and tonguing on soprano are second to none. I hope to hear more from this phenom soon.
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