In their 4th Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD release at NativeDSD, the Calefax Reed Qunitet returns with their new album An American Rhapsody. This is a musical portrait of America’s Kaleidoscopic Diversity.
The reed players of Calefax go on a musical road trip across the United States on An American Rhapsody. The program captures several iconic composers from different periods and backgrounds, ranging from Florence Price, Harry Burleigh, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber and Moondog to Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Stevie Wonder and Kinan Azmeh.
Taken together, these pieces reflect America’s kaleidoscopic diversity and its rich yet complex culture and history. The album is a declaration of love to a country that Calefax has frequently visited over the last two decades and continues to fascinate.
Oliver Boekhoorn – Oboe, English Horn, Duduk
Bart de Kater – Clarinet
Raaf Hekkema – Alto Saxophone, Solo Vocals
Jelte Althuis – Bass Clarinet
Alban Wesly – Bassoon
Total time: 01:19:09
DSD 512 fs, DSD 256 fs, DSD 128 fs, DSD 64 fs, DXD 24 Bit, FLAC 192 kHz, FLAC 96 kHz
(arr. Althuis), (arr. Boekhoorn), (arr. Hekkema), Azmeh, Barber, Burleigh, Dolphy, Ellington, Gershwin, Hekkema, Herzog jr., Holiday, Moondog, Price, Strayhorn, Wonder
|Assistant Recording Engineer|
Oliver Boekhoorn (Calefax)
Ambroise Helmlinger (Little Tribeca), Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Labs (PCM 192k to DSD and DXD Transfers)
Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Clarinet, Duduk, English Horn, Bass clarinet, Oboe, Vocal
|Original Recording Format|
Nicolas Bartholomée (Little Tribeca)
Ambroise Helmlinger (Little Tribeca)
Doopsgezinde Kerk in Haarlem, The Netherlands, in July 2022
|Release Date||March 21, 2023|
NativeDSD Senior Reviewer
A super album!
Everything is really good, but I especially like the Samuel Barber “Souvenirs“. Incredible arrangements and musicianship!
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