Arcis & Önders Sextet: A Dancing Fantasy

Saxophone Quartett & Piano Duo

A Dancing Fantasy

What can be expected, if a Turkish piano duo meets a German saxophone quartet bringing Russian dances with them?

It’s going to be a charming concert evening with romantic melodies, Russian-expressive harmony and dramatic depth, which shows that classical-Russian dance music is a universal subject which inspires musicians and the audience worldwide.

Thus the Arcis Saxophon Quartett and the Ferhan & Ferzan Piano Duo present works by Rachmaninov, Prokofieff and Igudesman.

The opulent sonority and energetic-rhythmical complexity à la Sacre du printemps in Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances has its counterpart in the ballet suite Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev. No Surprise, the premieres took place almost simultaneously in the 20th century.
Aleksey Igudesman – himself born in St. Petersburg – joins the ranks in this tradition with his work specially composed for this ensemble, this takes the audience on a journey through the whole of Russia and, therefore, shows the full range of Russian-folkloristic dance music.

In the intimacy and subtlety of chamber music up to the illusion of the richness of tone of a late romantic orchestra, the six musicians merge the sound of the saxophones with the rich sound of a piano duo and bring the nostalgia of “Old Russia” into the concert hall, which inspired the composer in the turn to Modern Age.

You won’t forget this extraordinary evening!