Walter Puyear - University of Missouri - Kansas City
Sonata in C#, Fernande Decruck
Tres modéré, expressif
Jeff Madrid - California State University - Long Beach
Prelude, Cadence et Finale, Alfred Desenclos
Tae Ho Hwang - Peabody Conservatory
Irene Hahn, cello
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Cello, Edison Denisov
Soloist, researcher and pedagogue Claude Delangle, one of the greatest contemporary saxophonists, stands out as the master of the French saxophone. A renowned interpreter of traditional repertoire, he has also encouraged the creation of new works by collaborating with prominent composers, including Berio, Boulez, Takemitsu and Piazzolla, while also promoting the younger generation of composers. Since 1986, he has performed with the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has appeared as a soloist with prestigious orchestras world-wide, including the London BBC, Radio France, Radio of Finland, WDR Köln, Berlin Philharmonic and Kioi Tokyo, and has worked with conductors such as D. Robertson, P. Eötvös, K. Nagano, E.P. Salonen, Miung Wung Chung, G. Bernstein and many others.
Passionate about the instrument, Delangle seeks to expand his knowledge of the saxophone at the Musical Acoustic Laboratories of the University of Paris. His acoustical research is, for him, a precious asset when collaborating with composers.
His recordings for BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, Erato and Verany help promote French music while broadening musical horizons, from the repertoire created by the brilliant Adolphe Sax to the avant-garde.
After obtaining several outstanding Premiers Prix at the Paris Conservatory, Delangle was appointed professor there in 1988, where he has created the most prestigious saxophone studio in the world.