Switzerland’s foremost chamber music ensemble, Duo ST15 (Laurent Estoppey, saxophones and Virginie Falquet, piano), released their brand new CD, Soul Mates, on Claves, one of the most venerable classical labels in Europe, established in 1968.
The CD features a great mixture of classics and new works: Tableaux de Provence (1955) by Paule Maurice, Scaramouche (1937) by Darius Milhaud, Miniature (2004) and Tranquillo-Agitato (2007) by Caroline Charrière, Soul Mates (2008) by Victor Cordero, as well as Numen (1998) and Moon down (for Boudewijn Buckinx) (2002), versions for alto saxophone and piano.
The playing is spectacular and the production top notch. The CD marks a major addition to the artists’ respective catalogues.
This is how the label itself describes the title:
«Soul Mates, a somewhat enigmatic title for a classical music record label; could it be a compilation of Soul music songs from the eighties, or a Jazz CD?
True, the saxophone is inevitably associated with those styles, but it is, first and foremost a symphony orchestra instrument that was brought to fame by Ravel’s Boléro and Bizet’s Arlésienne.
Together with pianist Virginie Falquet, saxophone player Laurent Estoppey formed a no less (namewise) enigmatic Duo ST15. Aiming to present a repertoire composed for their formation, the Duo plays, commissions, seeks out and discovers young talented musicians…»
The CD is available through all major online retailers and fine music stores everywhere.