We are very happy to release the shining debut album Die Fremde of Hannah Koob. Koob is a young Dutch-German top saxophonist who dedicates herself with immense energy to play unexplored repertoire for saxophone.
Die Fremde is a musical expedition along music that has a gloomy but evermore cheerful timbre. Virtuoso solo playing in the rarely performed The Stranger by the Dutchman Hans Kox, this is only the 2nd studio recording of the piece, in which Koob shows the extreme limits of the melodic and dynamic range of her alto saxophone. Lyricism and fluent interplay between piano and saxophone in the Partita by Erwin Dressel and compelling harmonies and ditto melody in Henk Badings’ La Malinconia.
Two commissioned compositions complete this energetic and infectious debut: the cinematic Andante by Leonard Küßner and Halvdager by Andreas van Zoelen, the latter in the beautiful, rarely heard combination of saxophone and harmonium.
Physical: 12 November 2021
Digital: 26 November 2021
I am very happy and excited to share the news that in april 2021 I recorded my first CD: "Die Fremde" - with only Dutch and German compositions.
“On Die Fremde the lovely Dutch-German saxophonist Hannah Koob plays rarely performed music by Hans Kox, Erwin Dressel and Henk Badings. Proudly featured are two commissioned pieces by Leonard Küßner and Andreas van Zoelen. It’s only the 2nd time that Kox’ forgotten but amazing composition ‘The Stranger’ has been recorded, so this album has quite a couple of hidden gems.
While Hannah might by one of the most sunny and upbeat artists we’ve ever worked with, the program is surprisingly moody and gloomy. ‘This music never bores me’ she argues, and we think that her personal character and even more her devotion for new music and true craftsmanship on the saxophone brings beautiful contrasts on Die Fremde. Hannah is being accompanied by Martien Maas (on a resonant Steinway D) and Toon IJzerman (on harmonium!)”.