- The Signum saxophone quartet, one of the world’s leading ensembles of its kind, is always on the lookout for new ideas, challenges and interesting musical encounters – something that is reflected in their attractive concert programmes
- Together with Signum, Ensemble Dissonance will premiere Cartagena,, a work written by Izidor Leitinger for the interesting harmonies that a quartet of saxophones and string instruments produces
- The Sonatina for Strings by Uroš Krek, a pearl of Slovene musical literature, will be performed to mark the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
P. Gregson: Allemande
U. Krek: Sonatina for Strings
G. Lago: Sarajevo
G. Lago: Addis Ababa
A. Ginastera: Argentine Dances
R. Giazotto: Adagio in G Minor (attrib. T. Albinoni) (arr. for Saxophone Quartet by SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet)
I. Leitinger: Cartagena, suite for saxophone quartet and strings*
Ensemble Dissonance will premiere Cartagena, a work written by Izidor Leitinger for the interesting harmonies that a quartet of saxophones and string instruments produces. This internationally acclaimed instrumentalist, teacher, conductor and composer will also conduct his new work. The string orchestra will be joined by the SIGNUM saxophone quartet from Cologne, whose members include Slovenian saxophonists Blaž Kemperle and Alan Lužar. The guiding principle of this quartet of young musicians, who have won many prizes in international competitions, is the search for new ideas, challenges and interesting musical encounters, which is also echoed by unusual concert programmes. In addition to Leitinger’s work, the concert will also feature works by two living musicians, the composer and cellist Peter Gregson and the saxophonist Willem van Merwijk, who composes under the name Guillermo Lago. We will also hear one of the pearls of contemporary Slovenian musical works for strings, the Sonatina for Strings by Uroš Krek, who was born 100 years ago this year, along with Argentine dances by one of the most influential Argentine composers of the 20th century and teacher of Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera, and the contemplative Adagio, which is erroneously attributed to the Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.