Release Date: May 13, 2016
Catalog #: RR7934
Format: Digital & Physical
20th Century
Chamber
Piano
Saxophone

The Postcard Sessions

Robert Schumann composer
Astor Piazzolla composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams composer
Jean Francaix composer
Jacques Ibert composer
Warren Benson composer
Paule Maurice composer

Harrington/Loewen Duo
Allen Harrington saxophone
Laura Loewen piano

On their latest Ravello Records release THE POSTCARD SESSIONS, the Harrington/Loewen Duo offers a sampling of evocative, colorful works for saxophone that have become perennial favorites of both performers and audiences. The album is emblematic of the saxophone’s European ancestry, as well as the saxophonists’ commonplace imperative to arrange works for their instrument.

Originally composed for oboe and piano, Robert Schumann’s Drei Romanzen, Op. 94 (1849) highlights the composer’s melodic skill and sets the lyrical tone that dominates the album. The harmonic performance of Astor Piazzolla’s Ave Maria (1984) was adapted from soprano, strings and piano; while his piece Oblivion (1982), originally written for accordion and orchestra, represents the composer’s most celebrated style: tango. The piano part in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Six Studies in English Folk-Song (1926) achieves a folk character via quintal harmonies and non-traditional voice leading.

Cinq Danses Exotiques (1961) by Jean Francaix, Histoires (1921/1939) by Jacques Ibert, and Aeolian Song (1953) by Warren Benson, all add works of quirky and languorous melodies to the album. Paule Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence (1955), originally for saxophone and orchestra, brings nuances of geography.

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Harrington Loewen Duo

Harrington/Loewen Duo

Ensemble

Canadian musicians Allen Harrington, saxophone and Laura Loewen, piano, established the Harrington/Loewen Duo in 2002. Praised for their musicality, tight ensemble, and virtuosic performances, the Harrington/Loewen Duo has performed throughout North America, and in Europe, Asia, and South America. Recipients of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council, they are committed to exploring the standard repertoire and actively commissioning new works. Allen is in high demand as a soloist, adjudicator, chamber and orchestra musician on both saxophone and bassoon.

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