Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Duo Niels Bijl – Brian Chapman
Witness the saxophone’s expressive power and astonishing versatility.
Experience the enchanting melodies of Dutch saxophonist Niels Bijl and esteemed concert pianist Brian Chapman as they breathe new life into classical masterpieces. Renowned for his mastery of the tenor saxophone, Bijl made his debut onto the Australian music scene after an illustrious career throughout Europe. Bijl’s critically acclaimed recordings, Chant du Saxophone Ténor and Mozaik features both original compositions and exquisite transcriptions, showcasing his profound dedication to the instrument.
Revered concert pianist Brian Chapman is a pillar of Melbourne’s music scene with over 55 years of experience across three continents. Chapman’s extensive discography, including over 100 studio recordings and broadcasts for the ABC highlight his exceptional talent and artistry.
About the concert
Together, Bijl and Chapman take audiences on a journey with Chant du Saxophone Ténor (The Song of the Tenor Saxophone). Exploring timeless masterpieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Glazunov, the saxophone defies all preconceived notions with its expressive power and astonishing versatility. Invented by Adolphe Sax in 1840, the often-misunderstood instrument was designed to combine the warmth of brass with the virtuosity of wind instruments. Through reimagined masterpieces, enjoy the rich heritage of the saxophone as Bijl and Chapman pay homage to its remarkable qualities.
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Niels Bijl tenor saxophone
Brian Chapman piano
Ludwig van Beethoven
7 Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’, from W. A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor
Ludwig van Beethoven
Andante favori in F, WoO 57
Chant du Ménestrel
Adagio and Allegro Op.70
This production is part of the following series:
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Tuesday 21 November 2023 6pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval) Please note, running times are approximate and subject to change.
Standard $25 ($20 Concession)
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