The two ensembles have built a collaborative project which they look forward to presenting in concert and on disc in the coming seasons.
The collaboration between the Corvus Consort and Ferio Saxophone Quartet is grown from the Quartet’s 2018 disc of Baroque transcriptions ‘Revive’, and first came to fruition when they produced a virtual recording of Bach’s accompanied chorale Jesus bleibet meine Freude in July 2020. The resulting video was premiered online as part of The Sixteen’s Sounds Sublime festival, to an enthusiastic reception from the online community.
Their programme for Winchfield Festival presents a selection of Baroque and Renaissance music reimagined for choir and saxophones, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Michael Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Purcell, William Byrd, Orlande de Lassus and Heinrich Schütz. New transcriptions and arrangements make use of the saxophone’s quasi-vocal timbre to blur the distinction between voices and instruments, intensifying the ensemble’s blend and creating a heightened sense of unity throughout the music. Alongside these new arrangements, the Corvus Consort will sing Baroque and Renaissance works in their untouched forms, and the Ferio Saxophone Quartet will perform items from ‘Revive’.