An American Rhapsody

Calefax Reed Quintet

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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.

Calefax
Oliver Boekhoorn – Oboe, English Horn, Duduk
Bart de Kater – Clarinet
Raaf Hekkema – Alto Saxophone, Solo Vocals
Jelte Althuis – Bass Clarinet
Alban Wesly – Bassoon

Tracklist

1.
Rhapsody In Blue - I. Molto moderato
04:55
2.
Rhapsody In Blue - II. Con moto
04:37
3.
Rhapsody In Blue - III. Allegro
01:53
4.
Rhapsody In Blue - IV. Andantino moderato
02:35
5.
Rhapsody In Blue - V. Agitato
03:07
6.
Southland Sketches - III. Allegretto grazioso
02:53
7.
Southland Sketches - IV. Allegro
02:01
8.
Excursions Op. 20 - I. Un poco allegro
03:13
9.
Excursions Op. 20 - II. In slow blues tempo
03:58
10.
Excursions Op. 20 - III. Allegretto
02:44
11.
Excursions Op. 20 - IV. Exuberant and joyous barn dance
02:16
12.
Sonata in E minor - I. Andante
05:29
13.
Sonata in E minor - II. Andante - Allegro
07:15
14.
God Bless The Child
07:57
15.
Satin Doll
03:49
16.
In a Sentimental Mood
04:36
17.
Overjoyed
04:06
18.
Airports for reed quintet
07:14
19.
New Amsterdam
04:31

Total time: 01:19:09

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PTC5187046

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Assistant Recording Engineer

Oliver Boekhoorn (Calefax)

Mastering Engineers

Ambroise Helmlinger (Little Tribeca), Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Labs (PCM 192k to DSD and DXD Transfers)

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Producer

Nicolas Bartholomée (Little Tribeca)

Recording Engineer

Ambroise Helmlinger (Little Tribeca)

Recording Location

Doopsgezinde Kerk in Haarlem, The Netherlands, in July 2022

Release DateMarch 21, 2023

Press reviews

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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