Paulsson´s Aho CD ​receives highest possible score: 10/10/10

Paulsson´s Aho CD receives highest possible score: 10/10/10
“Paulsson as a soloist confidently holds together the slowly increasing drama in a sovereign way.https://nordische-musik.de/
“In 2014-15 Aho wrote a concerto for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra for Swedish saxophonist Anders Paulsson, who recently played the posthumous premiere of the soprano saxophone version of Anders Eliasson’s Grand Third Symphony. This concerto shines with intense exploration of structurally and atmospherically strong contrasting episodes. It begins with an expressive solo singing accompanied by atmospheric sound in an oriental-like manner, including micro-intervals and glissandi coloring, and then turns into a wild Presto. This is followed by an introspective Largo of ‘Misterioso’ character and a turbulent-bizarre, even polytonal humorous finale, which ends in an epilogue, which draws the bow back to the beginning. Anders Paulsson is as flawless as the Rovaniemi Lapland Chamber Orchestra under its longtime director John Storgårds.”
Christoph Schlüren [28.12.2017] KLASSIK_HEUTE
Kalevi Aho Soprano Saxophone Concerto recording with Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds is now available for studio quality download:

http://www.eclassical.com/aho-saxophone-concerto-and-quintet.html

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Classical CD review:

The Kalevi Aho Concerto for soprano sax, created for – and played here by – Anders Paulsson. This new work combines virtuosity with a more thoughtful, somewhat mellow character. And, as so often with Aho, head isn’t pursued at the expense of heart. Indeed, there’s plenty of the latter in Paulsson’s account of the taxing, yet extraordinarily expressive solo part. Goodness, I haven’t heard such accomplished, sure-footed playing since Branford Marsalis in American Spectrum and Massimo Giacchetti in Between Two Worlds. (Both were Recordings of the Month.)

 

A great new concerto for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra by Kalevi Aho:

The work is devoted to Anders Paulsson, whose delicate, ECM-style interpretation style has guided the concerto.
Paulsson is loaded with all the necessary intensity and he carries the melodies gloriously.
He also realizes multiplayer features chordically and naturally. It is probably thanks also to Aho, who is always familiar with the solo instruments.
The role of the Chamber Orchestra in the concerto
is to create mysterious shades of watercolors and to engage in dialogue with bright secco solos, and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra does really well.”

-Kare Eskola, Yle Klassinen, October 6, 2017

“Anders Paulsson has developed Soprano Saxophone playing to an unprecedented, sensational top level!”

– Kalevi Aho, Finnish Composer, October 4, 2017

Cher Anders,
J’ai reçu ce matin ton dernier disque. Je viens de l’écouter. Il est magnifique ! L’œuvre me plait beaucoup et j’apprécie à l’extrême ce que tu en fais. Je suis fier de toi ! C’est comme toujours impeccable, et tu entretiens la poésie de cette belle œuvre de la première à la dernière note. Oui ! C’est superbe d’intelligence musicale, de compréhension, de maîtrise de jeu, de beauté de son.
Je suis heureux d’avoir cet enregistrement. Merci de me l’avoir fait connaître. 
Jean-Marie LONDEIX
Legendary French Saxophone Professor
September 13, 2017

Rolf Martinsson; Soprano Saxophone Concerto

The contract for Rolf Martinsson’s Soprano Saxophone Concerto, dedicated to Anders Paulsson, has been signed by the two Swedish co-commissioners Norrlandsoperan and Dalasinfoniettan. www.musikidalarna.se/dalasinfoniettan,  www.norrlandsoperan.se

The two premieres are planned to the 2011/2012 season, and a CD recording will be made by the Swedish label Phono Suecia and Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra.  www.phonosuecia.com

This solo concerto will be Martinsson’s number eight. Previous concertos are written for trumpet, trombone, cello, flute, violin, clarinet and double bass.  www.rolfmartinsson.com

As a child, Adolf Sax heard in his mind the sound of an instrument that did not yet exist. His life´s work was to be dedicated to the creation of this new instrument, using ingredients from the clarinet, the oboe, the flute and the trumpet. In 1841 the super hybrid SAXOPHONE was born!

Since the great French classical saxophone tradition with Marcel Mule and his principal students Jean-Marie Londeix & Daniel Deffayet, the alto saxophone has been the most common soloinstrument in the classical saxophone repertoire. While the range of the alto saxophone ressembles the viola, the soprano saxophone corresponds to the violin in terms of soloistic charisma and has even greater potential to carry Adolf Sax vision. This brand new concerto by Rolf Martinsson will be an important contribution to the repertoire for soprano saxophone & orchestra.