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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.
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)
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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I`am not a musician of note nor can I qualify as a reviewer of esteem, but understand if musicians made music only to impress muscians many would starve and many undiscovered and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by chris
The chosen selections plus Branford Marsallis' magical soprano sax are guaranteed to put you into a Romantic Mood.Published 11 months ago by Marcia N. Blatt
One of my favorite albums, where Branford Marsalis has taken Classical Music and converted it to smooth (cool) jazz. Read morePublished 14 months ago by j.r.r. token
I discovered this album about 15 years ago...finally i have one this music is awesomePublished 22 months ago by onur senler
I especially love Emmanuel!! The entire album is very relaxing and I can play it during psychotherapy without clients being distracted.Published on June 17, 2014 by Marilyn Sears
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 morePublished on March 13, 2013 by E. D. Durrant
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 morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Dr.Marti
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