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Eugene Rousseau Discography

The catalogue of Eugene Rousseau recordings includes more than a dozen discs. His Deutsche Grammophon recording (1971) was the first complete disk of saxophone concertos with orchestra. In addition to several compact discs with piano, he has recorded with the Budapest Strings, the Winds of Indiana (Frederick Fennell, conductor) and the Haydn Trio of Vienna. Eugene has premiered numerous works written for him, including "Partita" by Juan Orrego-Salas; Jindřich Feld's "Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano," and "Concerto for saxophones and orchestra;" Bernhard Heiden's "Fantasia Concertante" for alto saxophone and winds; Hear Again in Memory by Frederick Fox; and Don Freund's "Skyscrapings" for alto saxophone and piano. His solo performances include appearances with the U.S. Army Band at Kennedy Center, the Budapest Strings in Hungary, the Tokyo Bach Band, as well as the Hammamatsu International Wind Instrument Festival in Japan.

CD ID Nu.   CD Album Title

CD2276     Rousseau: Saxophone Espressivo

CD8011     Heiden: Kammermusik 

CD2274     Rousseau and Friends 

CD8010     Rousseau Celebration 

CD2271     Rousseau, Eugene: The Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force 

CD2272     Rousseau/Budapest Quartet: Mozart-Brahms Quintets  

CD2275     Rousseau/UNT Symphony Orchestra: Saxophone Concertos 

CD2273     Rousseau: Brahms Sonatas and Trio 

CD8007     Rousseau: Meditation from Thais  

CD8009     Rousseau: Mr. Mellow  

CD8004     Rousseau: Music of Jindřich Feld  

CD8002     Rousseau: Saxophone Colors 

CD8003     Rousseau: Saxophone Masterpieces  

CD8001     Rousseau: Saxophone Vocalise 

CD8005     Rousseau: The Haydn Trio of Vienna  

CD8008     Rousseau: The Undowithoutable Instrument  

CD8006     Rousseau: Tsunagari  

Individual CD Contents

CD2276 Rousseau, Eugene: Saxophone Espressivo

Sit back and relax to the golden tones of legendary saxophonist, Eugene Rousseau. The University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, David Itkin, conductor, joins Rousseau in this recording to perform some of the most beloved melodies from opera, Broadway, and the Great American Songbook. (2015)

• Cole Porter Medley 

• Body and Soul

• South Pacific Medley 

• Jerome Kern Medley 

• Tosca Medley 

• Porgy and Bess Medley 

• Stardust

• Harlem Nocturne


CD2271 Rousseau, Eugene: The Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force

Eugene Rousseau joins with the members of The Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force, Alain Crepin, conductor, in a CD of saxophone solos with band. The music in the CD includes:

• Bencriscutto: Serenade for Alto Saxophone and Band (Eugene Rousseau, saxophone)

• DeBoeck: Dahomese Rapsodie for Band

• Bilik: Concertino for Alto Saxophone and Band (Eugene Rousseau, saxophone)

• Wiedoeft: Saxema for Alto Saxophone and Band (Eugene Rousseau, saxophone)

• Hagen: Harlem Nocturne for Alto Saxophone and Band (Eugene Rousseau, saxophone)

• Crepin: A Tribute to Sax for Alto Saxophone and Band (Alain Crepin, saxophone)

• Crepin: Music for a Princely Birth for Band

• Peeters: Sunny Sunday for Alto Saxophone and Band (Eugene Rousseau, saxophone)

• Waignein: Life for Band 

CD8001 Rousseau: Saxophone Vocalise 

Eugene Rousseau with the Winds of Indiana, Frederick Fennell, Conductor. Included on the CD are:

• Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Medley

• Heiden: Diversion for Alto Saxophone and Band

• Puccini: Tosca Fantasy

• Heiden: Fantasia Concertante

• Massenet: Meditation de Thais

• Muczynski: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble

CD8002 Rousseau: Saxophone Colors 

Saxophonist Eugene Rousseau and pianist Hans Graf. Included in the CD are:

• Bach: Sonata in E Major

• Debussy/Rousseau: Rhapsody

• Villa-Lobos: Fantasia

• Gershwin: Medley from Porgy and Bess

• Heiden: Solo for Alto Saxophone and Piano

• Jindřich Feld: Elegy

• Orrego-Salas: Quattro Liriche

CD8003 Rousseau: Saxophone Masterpieces 

Saxophonist Eugene Rousseau with pianist, Jaromir Klepae. Included on the CD are:

• Creston: Sonata Op. 19

• Muczynski: Sonata Op. 29

• Heiden: Sonata

• Kabelac: Suita

• Heiden: Fantasia Concertante

CD8004 Rousseau: Music of Jindřich Feld 

Saxophonist Eugene Rousseau plays music of the Czech composer, Jindřich Feld. Joining Rousseau are the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Otakar Trhlik and pianist, Jaromir Klepac. Included on the CD are:

• SONATA: Alto Saxophone and Piano

• SONATA: Soprano Saxophone and Piano

• ELEGIE: Soprano Saxophone and Piano

• CONCERTO: Saxophone and Orchestra

CD8005 Rousseau: The Haydn Trio of Vienna 

Saxophonist Eugene Rousseau with the Haydn Trio of Vienna. Included on the CD are:

• CANTELENE ET DANSE(1961) - Marc Eychenne

• TRIO, opus 11 - Beethoven 

• TRIO CONCERTANTE (1961) - Leon Stein

• PARTITA, opus 100 (1988) - Juan Orrego-Salas

CD8006 Rousseau: Tsunagari 

Saxophonist, Eugene Rousseau, joins with the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet in some rarely heard quintets by David Kechley, Frederick Fox, and David Baker. In addition the Zagreb Quartet offers new recordings of saxophone quartets by Del Borgo and Phil Woods. The music was recorded at two different churches in Croatia. Included on the CD are:

• Tsunagari - David Kechley

• Faces of the Blues - David Baker

• S.A.X. - Frederick Fox

• Quartet for Saxophones- Elliot Del Borgo

• Three Improvisations - Phil Woods

CD8007 Rousseau: Meditation from Thais 

Saxophone Eugene Rousseau offers both original and arranged music for saxophone:

• Rachmaninoff - Vocalise Op.34 No.14

• Kreisler - Liebesleid

• Debussy - Beau Soir

• Ravel - Piece en Forme de Habanera

• Puccini - Tosca Fantasy from Tosca

• Massenet - Meditiation from Thais

• Haydn - Andante

• Dubois - A la Parisenne

• Gershwin - Porgy and Bess Medley

• Kaufmann - Meditation

• Faure - Apres un Reve

• Kreisler - Schon Rosemarin

CD8008 Rousseau: The Undowithoutable Instrument 

Eugene Rousseau, Soprano Saxophone, with the Budapest Strings in arrangements of these famous chamber works:

• CONCERTO IN D MINOR - Allesandro Marcello

• CONCERTO - Domenico Cimarosa

• CONCERTO - Joseph Haydn

• CONCERTO, K. 314 (285d) - Mozart

CD8009 Rousseau: Mr. Mellow 

This recording, now in its third release, features world-renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau performing favorite jazz standards, with a big band conducted by David Baker. Included on the CD are:

• Harlem Nocturne

• Carmichael Medley

• Jerome Kern Medley

• Round Midnight

• Blues for Mr. Mellow

• Summer of '42

• Body and Soul

• Take Five

• In Memoriam

• Porgy and Bess Medley

• Back home again Indiana

• Stardust

CD2272 Rousseau/Budapest Quartet: Mozart-Brahms Quintets 

Eugene Rousseau, saxophone, joins members of the New Budapest Quartet in the Mozart and Brahms Quintets. Originally for clarinet and strings, Rousseau demonstrates a wonderfully lyrical saxophone in this adaption of these great chamber music classics. Included on the recording are

• Brahms Quintet, op. 115

• Mozart Quintet, K. 581.

CD8010 Rousseau Celebration

Eugene Rousseau, saxophone, joins the Danovitch Saxophone Quartet in this recording. Selections include:

• Handel: Queen of Sheba

• Mozart: Serenade, K. 406

• Rachmaninoff: Vocalise, op. 30/14

• Hindemith: Konzertstuck for Two Alto Saxophones

• J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto

• Monti: Czardas

• Baculis: Six Pieces for Saxophone Quartet


CD8011 Heiden: Kammermusik

Chamber music recording of Bernhard Heiden. Selections include:

• Quintet for Clarinet and Strings (James Cambell, clarinet)

• Sonata for Piano, Four Hands (Cordula Hacke & Leonard Hokanson)

• Prelude, Theme and Variations for Alto Recorder (Eva Legene, recorder)

• Solo for Alto Saxophone and Piano (Eugene Rousseau, saxophone)

• Preludes for Flute, Double Bass, and Harp (Wincenc, Yeung, Bransby)

• Intrada for Woodwind Quintet and Alto Saxophone (Rousseau, Robertello, Daniel, Campbell, Walker, Smith)

CD2273 Rousseau: Brahms Sonatas and Trio

This CD contains Brahms' Sonatas Nos. 1-2, op. 120, and his Trio, op. 114. But instead of the clarinet, Eugene Rousseau performs the wind instrument part on saxophone. Rousseau argues for the use of the saxophone as an honorable alternative. Brahms, he says, utilized a wonderfully rich harmonic palette, and his scores were often woven thickly. Thus, his romantic language is aptly suited for saxophone. Rousseau adds that the compositions pose huge challenges for the saxophonist. To play softly in the low register and to extend the range above normal, he says, is significantly difficult but well worth the effort, considering the glory of the music. Assisting Rousseau are Jaromir Klepac, piano, and Michal Kanka, cello.

CD2274 Rousseau and Friends

Over the years, Eugene Rousseau has gained friends wherever he has gone. This latest recording offers five performances by the internationally famous saxophonist with friends and colleagues in Budapest, Minneapolis, and Prague. The works range from chamber music with strings and with winds to compositions with chamber orchestra and string orchestra. Two of the performances have the ambience and excitement possible only during a concert. Each of the performances demonstrates the artistry and consummate musicianship listeners have come to expect of Rousseau. Joining Rousseau are The Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra, The Prazak String Quartet, Anna Marie Wytko (saxophone), Valarie Anderson (oboe), John Anderson (clarinet), Charles Ullery (bassoon), and Craig Kirchhoff conducting a chamber ensemble at the University of Minnesota. 

Compositions on the CD include:

• Johann Sebastian Bach: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major [saxophone, string ensemble]

• Jindřich Feld: Quintet [saxophone, string quartet]

• Paul Hindemith: Kontzertstuck [2 saxophones]

• Pierre-Max Dubois: Les Trois Mousquetaires [oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone]

• Darius Milhaud: La creation du monde [saxophone, chamber ensemble]


CD2275 Rousseau/UNT Symphony Orchestra: Saxophone Concertos

This recording features Eugene Rousseau along with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, David Itkin, conductor. Compositions on the CD include:

• Libby Larsen: Song Concerto for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra

• Claude Baker: Lamentations (pour la fin du monde) for Alto/Soprano Saxophones and Orchestra

• Henri Tomasi: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra