03 February 2016
""The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet has a impressive sound and delivers here with rotating and pure interplay an even ambitious as imposant debute. The arranged strinking Sieben letzten Worte from Joseph Haydn forms the spine of this wonderfull album, with a special involvement from Claron McFadden.""Edison Nomination, 19-10-2016
Together with Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg, with whom he formed the Second Viennese School, Webern laid the foundation for a large part of 20th-century music. Yet, he did so in a completely unique way. Whereas Berg was still largely influenced by the Romantic Period, and Schoenberg was a true expressionist, Webern took a more adventurous path. Of course, his music was just as atonal as the music of his peers, but he turned away from the classical-romantic tradition in many more ways.
Generally, his pieces are short works written for small ensembles. Above all, his works sound empty. Webern became a man of miniatures, of which his Variations for piano op. 27 are his best-known examples. Moreover, in his rigid music he is strongly influenced by medieval music, preceding composers such as Arvo Pärt. However, Webern's music is not as warm as Pärt's music, but colder and more distant. Webern creates a truly unique and new musical universe, which is why his is music is still exciting today.
"The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet has a impressive sound and delivers here with rotating and pure interplay an even ambitious as imposant debute. The arranged strinking Sieben letzten Worte from Joseph Haydn forms the spine of this wonderfull album, with a special involvement from Claron McFadden."
Edison Nomination , 19-10-2016
"A beautiful debut of Ebonit Saxophone Quartet."
" [...] The plays are all more than magnificant [...] "
"[...] not only does the company play extraordinary homogeen and exciting, the reportoire choose on 'the last words of christ' is remarkable for a debut-cd. [...]"
Klassieke Zaken, 01-4-2016
Klassieke Zaken, 01-4-2016
"The three remaining pieces of Hadyn something make less of an impression, already arouses their intimate, honest approach but more and more sympathy."
Luister Magazine, 01-4-2016
In plaatpaal Radio 4
NPO Radio 4, 31-3-2016
"Its gripping music, which evokes deeply religious and at the same time universal human feelings beautifully through the much younger, twentieth-century works. Jesus' last words on the cross are there to stay, certainly in this version of the Ebonit Saxophone Quartett. We will hear alot from them."
Kerk en Leven, 23-3-2016
"The young musicians control their instruments to perfection and they have learned to play together."
Friesch Dagblad, 22-3-2016
CD of the Week Radio 4
Radio 4 CD van de Week, 21-3-2016
" [...] The alternation works very well, all the more so because Ebonit gives solid interpretations, with a glowing harmony and beautiful solos [...] "
NRC Handelsblad, 14-3-2016
"About the choice of performing music by Reger, Webern, Sibelius and Shostakovich they have thought that out thoroughly and play these quite well."
De Gelderlander, 09-3-2016
''One ensemble after the other is debuting! Barely used to the beautiful sound of the Berlage Saxophone Quartet, the next great ensemble from the Amsterdam Conservatorium class of Arno Bornkamp which is juggling with their four reeds. On their debut-album they appear to be capable of everything.''
De Volkskrant, 24-2-2016