John-Edward Kelly's latest saxophone CD release is one that we've been waiting on for a few years! Back in 2000, Mr. Kelly recorded these three concerti with the excellent Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic. Only now have they been released on the Neos label.
Most saxophonists are very familiar with the famous Concerto by Alexander Glazunov. It is easily one of the most often studied and performed works in the repertory. There has been a resurgence of interest in the work from an historical viewpoint, so much so that there will be a presentation at the World Saxophone Congress meeting in July on this topic. While this type of examination of the repertoire of a particular instrument is commonplace among other instrumentalists, it is not alway so with the saxophone. I believe the primary reason is that our body of music is relatively young, as is our instrument, and, therefore, has not attracted the scholarly examination into the origins or performances of the music. However, the new edition of the Glazunov Concerto from Baerenreiter, the new edition of the Debussy Rhapsodie from Henle, along with publications from Ethos, are presenting just this type of critical study of our music.