-11, April, 2017
Gauthier, soprano saxophone
Magdalena Lapaj, alto saxophone
Asya Fateyeva, tenor saxophone
Sebastian Pottmeier, baritone saxophones
Jang Eun Bae, piano
"Alliage is irresistible and immediately captivates the audience"
Alliage Quintet - Press Quotes
"The musical level of the Alliage is phenomenal and creates a listening
pleasure par excellence." Pizzicato
" What they are really doing is fantastic pioneer work on their instrument.
In the history of the violin, for example, it was Paganini that made
the violin into what it is today. And I think we can say that the
Alliage have accomplished something with their saxophones that nobody
else to date has." Joseph Lendavy about the Alliage on WDR 3
" The saxophonists managed not only to sound like an orchestra, but
also sound like one instrument." Schwäbische Post
"Four saxophonists and one pianist bring plenty of life to the Paris
of the Belle Epoque played with verve and virtuosity." Deutschland
"Romatic richness of sound, feathery rhythms, and enormous brilliance."
"The Alliage Quintet was irresistible and immediately captivated the
audience." Stuttgartner Zeitung
"The authenticity of the musical passion of the Alliage Quintet was
unmistakable. " Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung
" hat the musicians brought forth in terms of opulent sound colors,
in captivating oriental magic and infatuating sensual sounds had a
fascinating storytelling power and the glory of the glittering saxophone
and piano nuances. It was fantastic how the saxophone colors blended
together and how the pianist played her part with a powerful touch."
"The ensemble dazzled in every respect at the highest level." FonoForum
"Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a master at instrumentation. Yet he did
not like the brand-new saxophone. Perhaps the Russian romantic would
have changed his mind in face of the performance of the Alliage Quintet?"
"True mastery- already the introduction to the evening turned into
an emotional and intoxicating listening experience: powerful, with
total commitment and orchestral opulence." Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
"The Alliage sounded truly like a small orchestra" Münchener Merkur
"Operatic classics presented in a new guise: witty, moving and performed
with mastery. Four fantastic saxophonists replace with ease an entire
opera orchestra" WDR3
"And if in the tuttis one was amazed about an almost symphonic sound,
the musicians also adhered to voice leading principles, allowing them
to produce from their instruments a variety of timbres that ranged
from a velvety stalking flute to a brassy instrumental tone." Kölnische
"Here again though, the playing is stunning and the four saxophonists
blend beautifully. Time and again one hears a passage written for
other instruments and the players here make it sound as if it was
meant to be played by four saxophones" Musicweb.uk.net
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The ALLIAGE QUINTET is one of Europe's most creative
and successful saxophone ensembles. Its characteristics can be seen
in a large diversity in style, but also in the blending of different
epochs and manners of playing. This is also represented in their name:
"alliage" is the French term for "alloy", referring
to the saxophone as an alloy of copper and zinc. In the broader sense,
it stands for the musical ideal of the five musicians forming one
homogeneous whole, and for their perfectly balanced playing.
The quintet was founded by Daniel Gauthier, currently the only professor
for classical saxophone in Germany (Hochschule für Musik, Cologne)
and the ensemble's leader and soprano. He is joined by three of today's
best soloists on saxophone Hayrapet Arakelyan, alto; Simon Hamrath,
tenor; and Sebastian Pottmeier, baritone. The quintet is completed
by the Korean pianist Jang Eun Bae, an experienced and well-versed
The quintet's core repertoire consists of well-known masterpieces
of all epochs, cleverly arranged for the ensemble with exceptional
sensitivity. Current programs include e.g.Vivaldi's Four Seasons,
Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rimski-Korsakov's Scheherazade,
Carmen by Bizet and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
With its unique programs, the Alliage Quintet performs successfully
while it straddles the fine line between subtle chamber music and
sophisticated entertainment and is able to fill the major concert
halls throughout Germany and the rest of Europe in addition to concerts
in Turkey, the United States, Canada and Korea. In June 2015, the
quintet was given the honor of performing the opening concert at the
World Saxophone Congress in
In addition to several radio broadcastings, the ensemble has so far
released four CDs, one of which ("Una voce poco fa") received
the renowned ECHO Klassik award in 2005. On their second CD, "A
la recherche du rêve perdu", the five musicians travelled
back in time to Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, to confront
his instrument with works of his contemporaries Mendelssohn and Schumann.
"Masquerade" with arrangements of J. S. Bach and re-compositions
of Vivaldi's Four Seasons was released on SONY Classical. Their "Voyage
Russe" recording was released (again for SONY) with a musical
focus on the "Belle Epoque Russe" and was accompanied by
an extensive concert tour throughout Europe. The ensemble again won
the renowned ECHO Klassik award in 2014 for their fourth and most
recent release "Dancing Paris".
In February 2016 they released their new cd "Fantasia"
with the renowned clarinetist Sabine Meyer as guest. On the program
are works by Borodin, Stravinsky, Bernstein, Shostkovitch, and Dukas.