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Seattle Times
Seattle, WA
Mar 23 1989
By: 
Melinda Bargreen

"Bach on Sax:" The Amherst Saxophone Quartet (MCA Classica). What? The master works of J.S. Bach, played on a bunch of saxophones? Your response may be Incredulity, even dismay. But wait until you hear this quirky, charming little gem.

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet disarms you right away with the Badinerie movement of Bach's Ouverture Suite No. 2, which is so fleet, subtle and winning that your Impulse to scoff is Immediatety overturned. By the time you get to the organ Fugue in G Major (the "Jig Fugue") you're likely to feel real admiration for these guys, who, for the record, are soprano sax Salvatore Andolina, alto sax Michaet Nascimben, tenor sax Stephen Rosenthal and baritone sax Harry Fackelman. At times, this group sounds like a quartet of synthesizers; at other times, like a string quartet; and on occasion, you get the distinctively saxy sound that could only come from ... well, four saxophones. Discipline, taste, virtuosity, great breath control and more than 64 minutes of Bach fugues, concertos and suites: Astound your friends.

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