Sabine Meyer & Alliage Quintett mit "Fantasia"
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In Sabine Meyer’s new project she joins the Saxophone Quintet Alliage. A wonderful sound combined with virtuosic-exciting playing shows a new colour of the “First Lady of the Clarinet”. This program was released by Sony Classical in the Spring of 2016.


Leonard Bernstein: Ouverture zu "Candide" (Arr.: Itai Sobol)
Paul Dukas: Der Zauberlehrling (Arr.: Rainer Schottstädt)
Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: 5 Stücke für 2 Violinen und Klavier in der Bearbeitung für Violine, Klarinette und Klavier
Alexander Borodin: Polowetzer Tänze
Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse bacchanale (Arr.: Sebastian Pottmeier)
Igor Strawinsky: Der Feuervogel (Arr.: Sebastian Gottschick)


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Sabine Meyer, Clarinet

Sabine Meyer is one of the world’s most renowned instrumental soloists. It is partly due to her that the clarinet, a solo instrument previously underestimated, recaptured the attention of the concert platform. Born in Crailsheim, she studied with Otto Hermann...

Sabine Meyer is one of the world’s most renowned instrumental soloists. It is partly due to her that the clarinet, a solo instrument previously underestimated, recaptured the attention of the concert platform.

Born in Crailsheim, she studied with Otto Hermann in Stuttgart and Hans Deinzer in Hanover, then embarked on a career as an orchestral musician and became member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by an engagement as solo clarinettist at the Berlin Philharmonic which she abandoned, as she was more and more in demand as a soloist. For almost a quarter of a century, numerous concerts and broadcast engagements led her to all musical centres of Europe, to North America, Japan and China and Australia.

Sabine Meyer has been a much-celebrated soloist with more than three hundred orchestras internationally. She has given guest performances with all the top-level orchestras in Germany and has been engaged by the world’s leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras of Vienna, Basel, Warsaw, Prague and Budapest as well as numerous additional ensembles.


Sabine Meyer is particularly interested in the field of chamber music, where she has formed much long-lasting collaboration. She has explored a wide range of chamber repertoire with such colleagues as Juliane Banse, Martin Helmchen, Daniel Hope, Nils Mönkemeyer, the Hagen, the Modigliani and the Schumann Quartet.

In 1983 she founded the “Trio di Clarone” together with her husband Reiner Wehle and her brother Wolfgang Meyer. The repertoire includes some almost forgotten compositions of Mozart and many contemporary works. The trio’s repertoire has been further extended by several innovative projects with the jazz clarinettist Michael Riessler. Her last new chamber music project brings her together with the saxophone quintet Alliage, new arranged music by Stravinsky and Dukas shows brilliant colors of the combination of these instruments.

Sabine Meyer is a prominent champion for contemporary music – works by Jean Françaix, Edison Denissov, Toshio Hosokawa, Niccolo Castiglioni, Manfred Trojahn, Aribert Reimann and Peter Eötvös are written for her. In 2015 she premiers a concerto by Marton Illés at the Lucerne Festival.

Sabine Meyer has made numerous recordings for EMI Classics; she also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and CAvi-music. The recorded repertoire varies from pre-classical to contemporary compositions and includes all important pieces for clarinet. For Sony she recorded  Mozart arias, arranged for clarinet, a trio CD with Nils Mönkemeyer and William Youn and recently the “Fantasia” together with the Alliage Quintet.

Sabine Meyer received eight “Echo Classic Awards”, is member of the “Academy of Arts Hamburg”. In 2010 she received the decoration „Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres“ from the French government.

Sabine Meyer has been appointed to a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck in 1993.

SEASON 2016/2017

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Alliage Quintett, Chamber Music

Daniel Gauthier –soprano saxophoneHayrapet Arakelyan –alto saxophoneSimon Hanrath – tenor saxophoneSebastian Pottmeier – baritone saxophoneJang Eun Bae – piano The “ALLIAGE QUINTET” is one of the most creative and successful saxophone ensembles in Germany and...

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. 

Season 2016/17

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