The album Saxophone Sonatas was first released in 1990. After a slow start, it became one of their best sold albums. Years after selling out, record stores still received orders for this recording. Now the album is making its comeback and still the album won't have to fear any competition. The performances of sonatas by composers such as Paul Hindemith, Jacques Charpentier and Edison Denisov are still as beautiful and powerful as always, and the remarkably good audio quality hides the fact that this recording is somewhat older than usual.
Saxophone player Arno Boskamp is a modern virtuoso, who is familiar with contemporary as traditional repertory. Since his debute in as soloist in 1982, he gave more than 250 concerts, many of which consisted of new works dedicated to him by contemporary composers. Bornkamp is also part of the Aurelia Saxophonequartet, and together with pianist Ivo Janssen he forms a duo.
Paul Hindemith studied violin at the Dr Hoch's Konservatorium of Frankfurt and played from 1915 to 1923 in the Frankfurt opera. From 1921 to 1929 he played viola in the Amar Quarter, where he was advocate for contemporary music. Throughout the years, he held multiple positions as teachers, but he remained most popular as a violist. During the Second Worldwar he fleed to the USA and was given the American nationality in 1948, Later, he returned to Europe to teach at the university of Zürich.
His use rhythm, called "Motorik" by himself (a combination of Motor and Musik) is piercing, and at times even tormenting. It echoes the arrival of industralisation and the motor, as Hindemith opposes any form of sentimentality, psychology or personality. This way, Hinemith created shrill, neoclassicistic music (Gebrauchsmusik, music with a social or political aim). His body of works is quite extensive, with more than 100 compositions in all kinds of genres. Even though he was an advocate of contemporary music, he never felt affiliated with dodecaphony. He wrote several theoretic treatises, among which his Unterweisung im Tonsatz from 1937 in which Hindemith offers several systems in which the tension between intervals, harmony and melody is analysed and elevated into a compositional technique.