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Two excellent groups blend together very well


London Light Music Meetings Group, Peter Burt
Not even your reviewer can claim this to be light music, but it was sent in the hope that it might be of interest to some of our readers.

The fascinating thing about the release is that it is a mix of baroque, Renaissance and contemporary melody from a singing group accompanied by a saxophone quartet, said to be the closest instrument to the human voice.

Composers range from J S Bach (d.1750), J M Bach (d.1694), H Schütz (d.1672), G Gabrieli (d.1612), A Gabrieli (d.1585) and O de Lassus (d.1594) to Owain Park (b.1993), Roderick Williams (b.1965), Sarah Rimkus (b.1990) and James Macmillan (b.1959). Among the 17 tracks (four featuring individual saxophonists) – all première recordings – there are a few that may sound familiar if not recognized from their titles. The conductor and radio presenter/reviewer Jeremy Summerly provides some helpful programme notes.

The Corvus Consort comprises four soprano voices, and three each tenor, alto and bass. They are all young singers in the early stages of their professional careers. Their director, who also arranges or transcribes most of the pieces here, Freddie Crowley graduated in 2018 from Merton College, Oxford, where he read Music as a choral scholar. While at university, he was also a member of a jazz a cappella group The Oxford Gargoyles and made frequent musical theatre appearances.

The Ferio Saxophone Quartet, founded in 2014, is one of the top ensembles of its kind among the new generation of British artists and regularly meets with high enthusiasm from both audiences and critics.

The two excellent groups blend together very well and make for an enjoyable and at times uplifting listen.

Although, obviously, not an album for everyone but well worth investigating if you are at all attracted to choral music – especially that with a twist.

The recording:
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Totally enjoyable

AllMusic, James Manheim

An imaginative programme … I find myself won over

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Intriguing and effective arrangements … strikingly effective

BBC Radio 3 Record Review, Andrew McGregor

Energetic and enthusiastic director

Wales Arts Review, Cath Barton

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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

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Natural singers, phrasing supplely and expressively

Gramophone, Richard Bratby

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Character, texture, and colour through dynamic nuance

Thoroughly Good, Jon Jacob 

A truly memorable evening

Dame Janet Ritterman

A delightful take on beautiful music

The Royal Gazette, Bermuda

BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3 Record Review

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.  

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Their ability to create a beautifully unified, warm tone … highly recommended

Classical Notes, Nick Boston

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Playing is of the highest level throughout

Classical Music Magazine

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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
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Ferios's 'Flux' is MusicWeb International Recording of the Month

MusicWeb International, Dan Morgan
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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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