Conceived by classical saxophonist Javier Oviedo and conductor Jean-Pierre Schmitt in 2007, The Classical Saxophone Project’s mission is to foster awareness of the classical repertoire of the saxophone. While the saxophone is widely known as a jazz instrument, the very rich “classical” repertoire written for the instrument beginning from the mid-19th century is practically unknown to the public.
Although the saxophone is of French origin (Patented in Paris in 1846), it was the American, Elise Hall, who is given credit for commissioning many of the first major works composed for the instrument. A socialite from Boston at the turn of the 20th century, Mrs. Hall, née Boyer, sought out the most widely known composers of the time. Claude Debussy, Vincent d’Indy, and Florent Schmitt, among other Prix de Rome winning composers, all dedicated music to Mrs. Hall making her America’s first Classical Saxophonist. The manuscripts of most of these compositions, left to a library in Boston after Mrs. Hall’s death in 1924, were the starting point of the Classical Saxophone Project.
The Classical Saxophone:
A French Love Story
...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.
Now that CSP is a 501(c3) non-profit organization, Oviedo and Schmitt are working relentlessly to introduce new audiences to the “classical” styles of the saxophone. They have even expanded the repertoire by commissioning pieces. In 2007 the artists recorded The Classical Saxophone: A French Love Story with the Orchestre Pasdeloup in Paris. Released by MSR Classics, the CD already caused a stir among music lovers garnering acclaim from the worldwide press.
To promote this superb collection of musical gems, Oviedo and Schmitt have traveled throughout the world including France, Spain, and Moldova, to central Russia performing with great success. Oviedo’s interpretation of this original music charms and amazes audiences. The press has hailed the warmth and lushness of Javier’s haunting sound as a “revelation!”