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Saxophone Concertos

John Harle , Claude Debussy , Jacques Ibert , Heitor Villa-Lobos , Alexander Glazunov , Richard Rodney Bennett , David C. Heath , Neville Marriner , Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Audio CD
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listen  1. Rapsodie for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra10:14Album Only
listen  2. Concertino da camera for Alto Saxophone: I. Allegro con moto 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Concertino da camera for Alto Saxophone: II. Larghetto 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concertino da camera for Alto Saxophone: III. Animato molto 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Fantasia for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: I. Animé 4:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Fantasia for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: II. Lent 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Fantasia for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: III. Très animé 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Concerto in E flat for Alto Saxophone & String Orchestra: I. Allegro moderato 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Concerto in E flat for Alto Saxophone & String Orchestra: II. Andante 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Concerto in E flat for Alto Saxophone & String Orchestra: III. Allegro 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Concerto for Alto Saxophone: I. Molto vivo 6:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Concerto for Alto Saxophone: II. Interlude (Andante) 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Concerto for Alto Saxophone: III. Allegro - Lento 6:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Out of the Cool 6:48$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Composer: Claude Debussy, Jacques Ibert, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Alexander Glazunov, Richard Rodney Bennett, et al.
  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000631Q
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Not Good Enough! September 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This CD - like many other classical saxophone CDs - sure polarizes opinion!

Personally, I have to agree with the many other reviewers who can't stand it.

When it first appeared in its original guise, I was excited by an album of many of the saxophone favorites performed by a well-known orchestra and conductor on a major label. (the Rousseau and Savijoki discs were almost the only ones readily available prior to then.)

I had only heard Harle play previously with The Michael Nyman Band.

Unfortunately, the album just sucks!

For several reasons, mostly mentioned by other reviewers:

1. Harle's articulation - often non-existant; you'd think there wasn't a single non-legato phrase in any of the works featured.

2. Harle's musicianship - he has a distasteful habit of swelling long notes; he sounds like he's just going through the motions or, as another reviewer suggested, playing it the way his teacher did all those years ago. Also, he can't seem to play in a style other than what is appropriate for the Nyman ensemble (NOT appropriate for Debussy!).

3. The recording quality - horribly muddy; having done a masterclass with Mr. Harle I can tell you that his tone is quite brittle and strident so I suspect the engineers were doing their utmost to swathe his sound in lashings of artificial warmth.

4. The orchestra - unfortunately! I suspect Mr. Marriner and his orchestra weren't particularly enthused by the project because they lack...almost everything!

You get the idea...I won't bother with other areas of his playing, such as altissimo, correct notes, fast passages, intonation etc.

Having said all that, I don't wish to damn Mr. Harle entirely(Do you believe me?!).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flog the Engineers October 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The sound quality of this CD is atrocious! It sounds as though the engineers used a single microphone plopped in the middle of the orchestra and placed Mr. Harle in the lobby. I cannot even comment on the skills of Mr. Harle as I could barely hear him.

Very disappointing. I recommend that you do not buy this CD.

I also purchased "Music for Saxophone and Orchestra" and found the sound quality to be far superior and the music very enjoyable.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be much, much, much, better January 11, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This CD was an interesting attempt by John Harle to perform several works of high caliber. Unfortunately, he was not very successful. I was reading the sheet music while listening to the Glazunov concerto and was stunned at Harle's cuts of two important parts. One was a potion of the cadenza (come on, who in their right mind would dare to cut out any portion of ANY cadenza), and second was the cut of a portion near the end which leads to the all important "grand-finale". He didn't write the piece, Glazunov did. In addition, I did not like his articulations (his motto obviously being "when in doubt, slur") or his tone (being rather weak and uninterested). This is not a CD that I would recommend to many people. He should pay more attention to his tone and the music (and musicality) of the pieces, rather than solely his technique (which I will give him a hand for). Congrats to St. Martin-in-the-Fields for doing an excellent job (they were, in my humble opinion, the highlight of this cd)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The H in Harle stands for HORRIBLE May 1, 2005
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
Poor sound quality, lousy musical interpretation, and other problems make this album a horrible set of saxophone concertos. Harle almost never uses vibrato, plays outlandish cadenzas, and even skips entire phrases he doesn't want to play on some occasions. The expressiveness in his playing is almost non-existant, not to mention some technical problems, too. For example, at the end of the Glazounov concerto, instead of playing low C - middle C - altissimo C quarter notes, Harle starts on a low C and plays a *very* sloppy, uneven scale ascension to the altissimo C. His playing is generally pisspoor and his overall performance subpar. Try listening to interpretations by Eugene Rousseau, Dale Underwood, Donald Sinta, or other saxophonists. Just stay away from John Harle. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD IN THIS WORLD, DO NOT BUY ANYTHING BY JOHN HARLE!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I had high hopes for this CD, but indeed it does fall short. It offers a glimpse of what the saxophone can do as a solo instrument with orchestra, but the view is through a glass, darkly.

Unlike some other reviewers, I had no problems with the playing as such. However, I know little about the classical saxophone repertoire -- which is one of the reasons I wanted this CD in the first place!

The problem is the sound quality. Words like "muddy" describe it in part, but really the best explanation I can give is that it sounds like it was recorded in a huge tile bathroom. That kind of echo you get in an indoor swimming pool area, especially at a spa or thermal bath kind of a place with lots of tile on the walls. The impression I get is that I'm not hearing the music as much as I am hearing the room the music was recorded in.

A disappointing disc, which to me appeared quite promising from the playing. Too bad the sound didn't work out -- and even worse that these aren't going for very much used on Amazon Marketplace. I'll be looking to find a buyer for mine somewhere -- anywhere.
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Published on August 17, 2009 by Marcos F. Moura
4.0 out of 5 stars State of Sax, 1991: Luke Warm
I just picked up the CD locally on a whim, expecting much improvement since the old days of Eugene Rousseau's ghastly Deutsche Grammophon LP. I was a little disappointed. Read more
Published on April 24, 2005 by Shooshie
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Performances, Great Sound, Wonderful musicians
I have no idea what the other reviewers are

trying to say, but I tell you one thing;

considering the fact that the saxophone

is a hard instrument,... Read more
Published on October 3, 2004 by paulusrex
2.0 out of 5 stars Muddy Sound
Not a well recorded album. Murky sound throughout and a lack of sonic clarity. The sax and ensemble fight each other to emerge from te mix. Bad job of balancing by the engineer! Read more
Published on April 16, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, wrong saxophonist
I couldn't believe I had found a CD that had such a wonderful collection of works. I adore the Glazunov, Ibert, Villa-Lobos, and the Debussy. Read more
Published on April 15, 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars If you could only have 1 sax recording--this would NOT be it
I have to give credit to the Orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. This is a fine presentation of some pieces that are often more demanding on the orchestra than... Read more
Published on January 4, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The saxsophone as a classical music instrument...
This is a very interesting recording,concertos for an instrument not so often related to classical music. Read more
Published on March 1, 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Give me Cannonball Adderley anyday!
Harle has re-written the Debussy Saxophone Rhapsody because it did not have enough notes in the original to display his own vituosity (replace with ego! Read more
Published on February 14, 1999
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