Recording of “Dreamlover”

Joan Martí-Frasquier, Albena Petrovic-Vratchanska, Cyntha Knoch

 from left to right: Joan Martí-Frasquier, Albena Petrovic-Vratchanska and Cynthia Knoch

DREAMLOVER, in addition to the name of the work for baritone saxophone solo that Albena Petrovic-Vratchanska composed in 2017 and I premiered the same year, is also the title of her latest album, focused on her production for saxophone. The album will be issued by German label Solo Musica in the second half of February 2022.

Recorded at the chamber music hall of the Philharmonie de Luxembourg (btw, what an amazing acoustics!) in October 21st and 22nd 2021, this album showcases the such particular musical universe of this composer both in her solo works and small chamber music formats.

Saxophone is also represented by Kebyart Ensemble, a young talented and internationally known saxophone quartet. They did a great version of “Gebet zum Nichterscheinen”, the first work for saxophone(s) by Albena Petrovic, composed in 2006. You will love, for sure!

In addition to the work that titles the album, I also recorded two pieces for alto saxophone solo (yes, “alto”!) extracted from two preludes of the chamber opera “Love and Jealousy”, composed in 2018; the version for baritone saxophone and piano of her “Concerto”, recorded with Luxembourgish pianist Romain Nosbaum and four “Poèmes” for voice and baritone saxophone with Luxembourgish singer Cynthia Knoch, composed in the second half of 2021 (we hope to premiere them soon).

Valentin Ivanov, sound engineer of the Bulgarian National Radio whom Albena Petrovic has already collaborated some times, did an excellent job as well as the sound test, recording and edition of the album.

No more spoilers for now: the album will be launched soon and you will be able to read more on some digital sites and music magazines.

Can’t wait to have and to listen to it!

Joan

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