Remarkable about this CD is that it combines Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words with twentieth century music. Haydn’s piece forms the basis, but some of the movements have been replaced by works by Reger, Webern, Sibelius and Shostakovich, which fit into the tonal and dramatic progression of the work. Short texts, read by Claron McFadden, form the introductions to each movement.
The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2011 by Simone Müller, Dineke Nauta, Johannes Pfeuffer and Paulina Kulesza, all students with Arno Bornkamp. Currently, the quartet studies in the master's degree programme for string quartets, offered jointly by the Netherlands String Quartet and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where the members study with Marc Danel, Sven Arne Tepl en Stefan Metz. The quartet has also recently been selected as finalist for the Dutch Classical Talent & Tour Award, and they have won the Almere Chamber Music Competition.