Review of concert with Oryol State Philharmonic

Excerpt from “Symphonic Magic” By Viktor Yevgrafov

At the closing of the Oryol Fall Musical Arts Festival, our symphony orchestra performed with guests from New York: conductor Jean-Pierre René Schmitt and saxophonist Javier Oviedo. The interest of the listeners at this concert was huge.

Javier Oviedo brought to Oryol, without exaggeration, a triumph of a concert.  Many of us for the first time in our lives heard, not in jazz but in symphonic form, how unlimited the possibilities of the saxophone are in the hands of a great master...

In-born talent, excellent education, and experience allowed [Jean-Pierre Schmitt] to create a miracle with our orchestra within just one week.

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...Javier Oviedo is one of the newest soloists of the classical saxophone, and he has taken a special interest in bringing lost repertoire to the public. This release, with the assistance of the Orchestre Pasdeloup of France and conductor Jean-Pierre Schmitt, delves into the French romantic literature of the late l9th and early 20th centuries. 

—  American Record Guide

Javier Oviedo’s faultless tone is as exquisite as ever. Jean-Pierre’s perfectly balanced orchestral arrangements appear on both Mayeur’s, and Bozza’s compositions. With the majority of the album providing world premiere recordings of these compositions it succeeds in shining a light upon previously ‘lost’ work.

— Blog Critics Music Review

The three-movement suite by Grovlez is a gorgeous work which could be very popular on concert programs due to its suggestions of both Faure and Satie.

— Audiophile Audition

“Javier Oviedo brought to Oryol, without exaggeration, a triumph of a concert.  Many of us for the first time in our lives heard, not in jazz but in symphonic form, how unlimited the possibilities of the saxophone are in the hands of a great master...” — Oryol Press

The music is rich, lush, and colorful, and one is tempted to praise repeatedly Oviedo’s gorgeous sound, which fits these pieces perfectly.

— American Record Guide

...a must-buy release for saxophone fanciers and highly recommended release for anyone attracted to genial French music of the last century.

— Fanfare Magazine

“In the world of orchestral music, the saxophone […] has enjoyed little respect. But if the impressive playing of Javier Oviedo is any indication, that just might change.”

— Chattanooga Times Free Press

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