On the initiative of the Musical Association of Ramonville, the village hall of Ramonville vibrated with the Ensemble of Saxophones of Toulouse.
Thirteen young musicians, training at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional Xavier – Darasse in Toulouse and destined for the most part to become professionals, made their flamboyant instrument dance in a very varied program. The concert at the Ramonville village hall opened with fireworks with an oratorio by JS Bach, where sometimes the singing of a soprano sax was punctuated by the basses of his family, sometimes all the desks played in polyphony. The nine musicians then melted their timbres in turn in a “Chant du soir” by the romantic Rheinberger, revisited for this formation by their conductor Thomas Barthélémy, and filled with harmony and serenity.
The saxophones then became joyful, playful, or tender in a “Simple Symphony” by Britten, highlighting the velocity of a bass sax and bathing the audience in a melodious universe. The atmosphere then became poignant when a quartet interpreted a short and powerful piece of contemporary Lago, written in homage to the victims of the Sarajevo conflict, and punctuated with evocative dissonances that find themselves in full echo with current events. It lightened up with a virtuoso Tango by Thierry Escaich, with moving accents of authenticity driven by a virtuoso soprano sax.
The Balkans to end the evening
The line-up then extended for a Candice overture by Bernstein, lively and full of contrasts. The concert ended in apotheosis with a suite of popular tunes from the Balkans, where Thomas Barthélémy became a soloist and led these young people with breathless virtuosity in a wild dance on Slavic themes.
Dumbfounded, the multigenerational audience was completely conquered by this evening rich in colors and emotions carried by these young people whose happiness to play together was infectious. The proceeds from this concert helped to enable them to represent the French Saxophone School at the World Saxophone Congress in Japan in July 2023.
The next AMR concert will take place at the Kiwi on Thursday May 12 at 8 p.m.: it will take you on a musical journey through Europe, led by Rose-Anne Couturier on the violin, Cécile Grabias on the flute, and Marie-Laure Dupont on the piano. .