Like Strings is an original programme in which the saxophone quartet takes the place of a string quartet or orchestra in three pieces by great composers from the classical tradition: Mozart, Mendelssohn and Cimarosa.
The piece by Mozart, the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings KV. 851, stars Massimo Ferraguti, Professor at the “A. Boito” Conservatory, Parma.
Luca Vignali, permanent first oboe of the Rome Opera Orchestra, plays the Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra in C Major by Domenico Cimarosa.
In order to feature the Quartet in its own right, the programme concludes with the Capriccio for String Quartet Op. 81 by Mendelssohn, with its two movements, one a melancholy adagio and the other an impetuous fugue.
The arrangements follow the original scores as closely as possible.
The transcriptions of the works by Mozart and Mendelssohn were made by the members of the quartet themselves, while the Cimarosa piece was entrusted to composer Roberto Sansuini, Professor at the “A. Buzzolla” Conservatory, Adria.
Like strings is a programme intended to share and present the quartet's long experience of working with leading soloists, while revealing the saxophone's ductility, as an instrument that not only has a strong, appealing solo personality but is also capable of accompanying other instruments, a worthy replacement for the mellow yet exciting sound of a string orchestra.