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Stylus Fantasticus


When the idiosyncratic saxophone quartet BL!NDMAN confronted Bach’s chorale partitas in 1999, this immediately proved to be a match made in heaven. The solemn sound of the saxophones brought out the best in this polyphonic music, and this is also true of the music of Buxtehude and Gesualdo, which the quartet is now tackling. Eric Sleichim arranged compositions in the Stylus Fantasticus or “fantastical style” of Buxtehude, whose innovations paved the way for the High Baroque. A century earlier, Gesualdo created a recognisable style with chromatic madrigals. Complex music with a simultaneously expressive sound, perfectly suited to BL!NDMAN. With respect for the original and a real appetite for innovation.

Eric Sleichim: artistic direction, arrangements, tubax and electronics

BL!NDMAN [sax]
Pieter Pellens: soprano saxophone
Hendrik Pellens: alto saxophone
Piet Rebel: tenor saxophone
Sebastiaan Cooman: baritone saxophone


C. Gesualdo / REMIX E.Sleichim: Se la mia morte brami (Book 6 of Madrigals)

D. Buxtehude / Arr. E.Sleichim:
Choral : Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 203
Choral : Wo soll ich fliehen hin
Praeludium en mode phrygien, BuxWV 152

A. Pärt: Pari Intervallo

D. Buxtehude / Arr. E.Sleichim :
Choral : Verleih uns Frieden
Praeludium in G Minor, BuxWV 148

C. Gesualdo / REMIX E.Sleichim: Belta poi che t?assenti (Book 6 of Madrigals)

J.S. Bach / Arr. E.Sleichim:
Pedal Exercitium, BWV 598
Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582