About the album
In his new Saxophone Concerto, Gabriel Prokofiev explores a side of classical music usually seen as forbidden by modern contemporary composers: melody. This aspect was incorporated at the request of the soloist, Branford Marsalis, allowing Prokofiev to revisit characteristics of the classical tradition not usually heard in contemporary music, giving the saxophone an open canvas.
Prokofiev’s Bass Drum Concerto shows the versatility of the instrument, despite only being used in a very basic fashion in classical music as a whole. Prokofiev experiments with how the bass drum is struck, where it is struck, and what it is struck with throughout the piece, producing a variety of sounds, colours and textures.
11Saxophone Concerto I. Andante Deciso - Molto Pesante
12Saxophone Concerto II. Scherzo - Con Moto
13Saxophone Concerto III. Largo mesto
14Saxophone Concerto IV. Allegro Mechanico
15Bass Drum Concerto I. Lento Scuro (Bass War)
16Bass Drum Concerto II. Largo Mesto (In the Steppes)
17Bass Drum Concerto III. Allegro Moderato Leggiero (Four to the Floor)
18Bass Drum Concerto IV. Allegro Brilliante (May Speed)