Kapustin - Saxophone Chamber Music | Capriccio C5369

Kapustin - Saxophone Chamber Music


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Label: Capriccio

Cat No: C5369

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 7th February 2020



Elisaveta Blumina (piano)
Peter Bruns (cello)
clair-obscur Saxophone Quartet


Kapustin, Nikolai

Duet for cello and alto saxophone, op.99
Quintet for saxophones and piano, op.89a
Saxophone Quartet, op.88a


Elisaveta Blumina (piano)
Peter Bruns (cello)
clair-obscur Saxophone Quartet


It might seem initially surprising that a pianist born in the Soviet Republic of Ukraine, and trained in the classical Russian school of pianists, should compose exclusively in the jazz idiom. But jazz was more prevalent in the Soviet Union that might be supposed. Oleg Ludstrem was already touring the USSR with his Big Band in the 1930s, and Nikolai Kapustin subsequently worked for many years with the band as a pianist and arranger.

‘What interests me most is the fusion between classical music and jazz, and between the classical form and the jazz idiom. Here, the classical portion has more weight for me. The jazz style is merely colour.’ – Nikolai Kapustin

clair-obscur Saxophone Quartet:
- Jan Schulter-Bunert (soprano saxophone)
- Maike Krullmann (alto saxophone)
- Christoph Enzel (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone)
- Kathi Wagner (baritone saxophone)

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