Nederlands Saxophone Octet – Canto Ostinato

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On November 12th the Nederlands Saxophone Octet presented their CD with Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato. This CD was released after a very successful crowdfunding. Saxophonist Stefan de Wijs made the arrangement and received the approval of the heirs of Ten Holt…  

Canto Ostinato of Simeon ten Holt consists of a carefully selected set of notes that develops through 8 mouths, along 16 hands and 80 fingers. In an organic way, rhythm and melody become more complex and again simple, noisier and again calm, emphatic and serene again. The musicians follow each other or take a different initiative in an apparently endless game.

Canto Ostinato is perhaps the most popular composition from the Netherlands. The piece is in the top ten of the Heart and Soul List of Radio 4 every year. In 2018 it was number five and the Dutch Saxophone Octet was invited to give a live performance during the Heart and Soul Festival in TivoliVredenburg. The fact that they received dozens of enthusiastic e-mails from listeners afterwards indicates how much this Canto of air and keys is appreciated.

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