Daniel Gauthier –soprano saxophone
Hayrapet Arakelyan –alto saxophone
Simon Hanrath – tenor saxophone
Sebastian Pottmeier – baritone saxophone
Jang Eun Bae – piano
The “ALLIAGE QUINTET” is one of the most creative and successful saxophone ensembles in Germany and Europe. Its characteristics are a huge diversity in style, but also the blending of different epochs and ways of playing. This is also represented in their name: alliage is the French physical term for “alloy“, thus referring to the saxophone being an alloy of copper and zinc. In the broader sense, it describes the musical ideal of the five musicians forming one homogeneous whole and their perfectly attuned play.
The quintet was founded by Daniel Gauthier, who has been the first professor for classical saxophone in Germany (at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne) and the ensemble‘s leader and soprano saxophonist. He is joined by three of the presently best soloists on the saxophone: Hayrapeth Arakelyan, alto, Simon Hanrath, tenor, and Sebastian Pottmeier, baritone. The quintet is completed by the Korean pianist Jang Eun Bae, experienced and well-versed chamber musician.
The quintet‘s core repertoire consists of well-known masterpieces of all epochs, exceptionally sesitive and cleverly arranged for the ensemble. Current programmes include Bernstein’s ouverture to Candide, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, excerpts from Nyman’s The Piano, Liverpool Fantasy by Johannes Mayerhöfer and Gershwin's An American in Paris. Furthermore, original works of the standard repertoire for classical saxophone quartett hold an important position for Alliage. These include the grand quartets of Alexander Glazunow and Florent Schmitt as well as contemporary composers such as Georges Aperghis and Iannis Xenakis.
With its unique programme, the Alliage Quintet performs successfully on the narrow ridge between subtle chamber music and sophisticated entertainment and can fill the major concert halls throughout Germany and Europe.
Besides several radio broadcastings, the ensemble has so far published 5 CDs. In 2011 the quintet started its fairy-tale journey through Russia with Tschaikowsky’s Nutcracker Suite and „Scheherazade“ by Rimski-Korsakow. With „Dancing Paris“ – a coproduction of Deutschlandfunk and SONY – the artists were successful in creating a sweeping album which captures the magic charm of the music in Paris around the turn of the century. Compositions by Erik Satie, Darius Milhaud, George Enescu, Germaine Tailleferre, George Gershwin and Aaron Coplan were specially arranged for the unique quintet and its virtuosity spreading guest, the violinist József Lendvay. This CD production was honoured with the renowned ECHO Klassik award in october 2014 which is already the second one since the recording of „Una voce poco fa“ in 2005.
For their current CD project which has been released in Spring 2016 the Alliage Quintet obtained top-class support of the famous clarinetist Sabine Meyer and released the CD “FANTASIA” (SONY).
The musicians play on instruments by Henri SELMER Paris and reeds by Vandoren.
“The Quintett creates the extraordinary illusion of the sound of a big orchestra with four saxophones and a piano, and joined by Meyer they create musical magic with some fairly enchanting stories”classic FM, Drive Discovery, John Brunning, 27. März 2016