The Postcard Sessions

Harrington/Loewen Duo





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.




Canadian musicians Allen Harrington (saxophone) and Laura Loewen (piano) established the Harrington/Loewen Duo in 2002


Both performers are professors at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music in Winnipeg, Canada


The works by Paule Maurice, Jean Francaix, and Jacques Ibert specifically reflect a long tradition of French saxophone music, which remains vibrant to this day


Many of the works on the album were originally written for other instruments, and later adapted for saxophone and piano


This is the second album from The Harrington/Loewen Duo on Ravello Records, following their June 2014 release METROPOLIS (RR7889)




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 orchestral musician on both saxophone and bassoon. One of Canada’s most expressive collaborative pianists, Laura performs with leading singers and instrumentalists across the country. They are both dedicated to teaching their craft and are proud to be professors at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music in Winnipeg, Canada.





Metropolis (RR7889)

Harrington/Loewen Duo

Release Date May 13th, 2016

Catalog Number RR7934






Drei Romanzen, OP. 94

Robert Schumann

1. Nicht Schnell

2. Einfach, Inning

3. Nicht Schnell


4. Ave Maria

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)


Six Studies in English Folk-Song

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

5. Adagio

6. Andante

7. Larghetto

8. Lento

9. Andante Tranquillo

10. Allegro Vivace


11. Oblivion

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)


Cinq Danses Exotiques

Jean Francaix (1912-1997)

12. Pambiche

13. Baiao

14. Mambo

15. Samba Lenta

16. Merengue



Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)

17. La Meneuse De Tortues D'or

18. Le Petit Ane Blanc

19. Le Vieux Mendiant

20. Bajo La Mesa

21. La Cage De Cristal


22. Aeolian Song

Warren Bensen (1924-2005)


Tableaux De Provence

Paule Maurice (1910-1967)

23. Farandoulo Di Chatouno

24. Cansoun Per Ma Mio

25. La Boumiano

26. Dis Alyscamps L'amo Souspire

27. Lou Cabridan




All tracks recorded September 14-16, 2015 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA


Recording Session Producer

Matt Konrad on tracks 1 - 3, 23 - 27


Recording Session Producer

Elliott McKinley on tracks 4 - 22


Recording Session Engineer

Tom Stephenson all tracks


Cover photography Kyle Thomas


Executive Producer Bob Lord

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Production Engineer Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Designer Ryan Harrison

A&R Chris Robinson

Marketing Morgan MacLeod



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