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On Saturday 30th September Andrew McGregor was joined on BBC Radio 3 Record Review by oboist and producer Sarah Devonald to review the latest wind CD releases. The Ferio Saxophone Quartet’s recording for Chandos, ‘Flux‘, featured on the programme. McGregor and Devonald discussed the recording at length and praised it very highly for the choice of repertoire, the calibre of the performances by Ferio and the quality of the sound.  

First up was Bozza’s Andante et Scherzo pour quatour saxophones, after which Sarah Devonald set the context by commenting:

“They have chosen a really interesting programme for their debut CD on Chandos, they are really tracing the history of the saxophone quartet through these composers from Singelée onwards ……..a really interesting pastiche from Hugo Reinhart….. which really works and they play it beautifully”

On Lago’s Sarajevo Devonald said:

‘I love that mix of yearning nostalgia and busy minimalist figures … the drama here… It is thought out in a great deal of detail… I love the way that the Ferios translate that so well… when that busy figure starts, the bottom players give a lovely soft attack to their tonguing, make a really lovely breathy sound to allow the melodies to soar in a much more clear cut way over the top…. I mean really fantastic performance.’

Further views expressed by Andrew McGregor and Sarah Devonald were:
“I really admire the way the Ferios have done this. They have not resorted to any arrangements at all … I think it works very well as a CD”
“It has been beautifully recorded”
“A really successful CD”
Listen again to this episode of Radio 3 Record Review – please start at about 1 hour 58 minutes 
Chandos CHAN10987 

The recording:
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Totally enjoyable

AllMusic, James Manheim

An imaginative programme … I find myself won over

Gramophone, Fabrice Fitch

Two excellent groups blend together very well

London Light Music Meetings Group, Peter Burt

Intriguing and effective arrangements … strikingly effective

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Glorious lightness of tone and touch … breathtaking

Quarterly Review: Endnotes, Stuart Millson

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Performed here with panache by this super-versatile group

BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section), Jeremy Pound ****

Beautifully controlled performance revealing musicianship of the highest order

The Westmorland Gazette, Clive Walkley

Ian Farrington's Arrangements - Revive- Ferio - Chandos
Natural singers, phrasing supplely and expressively

Gramophone, Richard Bratby

Ian Farrington's Arrangements - Revive- Ferio - Chandos
Character, texture, and colour through dynamic nuance

Thoroughly Good, Jon Jacob 

A delightful take on beautiful music

The Royal Gazette, Bermuda

Flux - Ferio Saxophone Quartet - Chandos Records
Their ability to create a beautifully unified, warm tone … highly recommended

Classical Notes, Nick Boston

Flux - Ferio Saxophone Quartet - Chandos Records
Playing is of the highest level throughout

Classical Music Magazine

Flux - Ferio Saxophone Quartet - Chandos Records
Gramophone Magazine: what’s immediately striking…is the tonal subtlety and expressiveness of the Ferios’ playing

Gramophone Magazine, Richard Bratby

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Unalloyed delight … irresistible exuberance
Flux - Ferio Saxophone Quartet - Chandos Records
Ferios's 'Flux' is MusicWeb International Recording of the Month

MusicWeb International, Dan Morgan
Chandos CH10987

Plenty of High Quality Music on the Festival Fringe

Seen and Heard International, Simon Thompson

Ferio Saxophone Quartet 5 star review – Brighton Festival

The Argus, *****

Exquisite pace, mood and dynamics – 5 Stars

 The Latest, Andrew Connal ★★★★★

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