L'Heure bleue - Quatuor Zahir

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The four saxophonists of the Quatuor Zahir set the scene for this second recording, which brings together the emblematic composers of twentieth-century France and their masterpieces.

Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte and Trois Chansons, Nadia Boulanger's Trois Pièces, Poulenc's Chemins de l'amour, Charles d'Orléans's Trois Chansons, Debussy's Petite Suite and Rêverie all take on the warm timbres of their instruments in these arrangements for saxophone quartet, revealing new colours. They are echoed by two premières, Graciane Finzi's Petite Suite and Fabien Waksman's Les Lunes galantes, conceived as a fifth movement to Debussy's Petite Suite. Here the Quatuor Zahir is reaffirming its commitment to creation, its virtuosity too, but above all the singularity of its unique musical identity. (Learn more)

This CD was recorded in April 2023 in the Fondation Singer-Polignac's mansion.