For its second album on Chandos, the young Ferio Saxophone Quartet presents a set of unique arrangements of milestones from the baroque repertoire, from Corelli via Bach to Handel. Including many premiere recordings, these fresh interpretations, full of flair and vitality, played on instruments that combine elements of brass and woodwind, bring the tunes and counterpoint to a fascinating new register. The Ferio Quartet plays with power, warmth, and dexterity.
Purcell Rondeau from Abdelazer Suite, Z. 570, arr. Iain Farrington
Bach Air from Suite no. 3 in D major, BWV 1068, arr. Iain Farrington
Bach Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 857, arr. Reinhard Huuck
Bach Prelude and Fugue G minor, BWV 885, arr. Reinhard Huuck
Bach Badinerie from Suite no. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067, arr. Iain Farrington
Bach Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata BWV 208, arr. Iain Farrington
Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major, BWV 1048, arr. Iain Farrington
Handel Sarabande from Harpsichord Suite in D minor, HWV 437, arr. Iain Farrington
Handel Water Music Suite no. 2 HWV 349 (selection), arr. Iain Farrington
Byrd Pavane and Gigue no. 2 in A minor, Earl of Salisbury, arr. Iain Farrington
Bach Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, arr. Iain Farrington
Corelli Adagio from Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6, no. 8, Christmas Concerto, arr. Iain Farrington
Bach Italian Concerto, BWV 971, arr. Tochio (I and III) and Ferio (II)
BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section), Jeremy Pound ****
Lovely to hear the Ferio Saxophone Quartet’s recording of Corelli’s Concerto Grosso op. 6, no. 8 (3rd movement) played on Sarah Walker’s BBC Radio 3 Sunday Morning programme.