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In this album for Delos, The Italian Saxophone Quartet -“musicality to burn-and technique likewise” (Il Messergero, Rome) -features the Piazzolla Four Seasons. Their performance here is a musical outgrowth of both the ISQ’s brilliant first recording for Delos (The Sound of the Italian Saxophone Quartet DE 3333), and lead saxophonist Federico Mondelci’s “rich, jazzy… hauntingly beautiful” (New York Times) Delos album of Piazzolla Tangos with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (Piazzolla Tangos arranged for saxophone and orchestra DE 3252). For those who have seen the ISQ -or Mondelci -on stage, their uninhibited, informal, fun-loving performance style translates beautifully to the audio-only format. Their albums never fail to capture even the casual listener’s attention. From one of their recent tours, the Monterey Peninsula Herald summed up this phenomenon very well: “Think you don’t like saxophone quartets? Oh my, think again! …A revelation . . . knocked me out from the first notes.”
Astor Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas Autumn/Otono Porteno Winter/Invierno Porteno Spring/Primavera Porteno Summer/Verano Porteno
Astor Piazzolla: Fugata (from the suite “Silfos y Ondina”)