BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Gruber: Threepenny opera – Kurt Weill Manchester Bridgewater Hall, 27 Feb 2010 “the panache of Rob Buckland’s Alto saxophone left everyone else in the shade.”
From The Sunday Times, February 21, 2010 Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works Royal Liverpool PO, cond Vasily Petrenko Hugh Canning “the alto saxophonist brings an aptly Russian melancholy and nostalgia to his solo”
Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite No 1: RLPO/Petrenko. “….wonderful solo saxophone”.
A musician whose artistry is so great that his instrument appears to be part of him, rather than a separate entity. A richly dramatic and brilliant performance.
Exceptional control and tone, color and musicianship – I hope our musical paths will cross again.
Your performance has flair and style. Many of the musical gestures caught my attention, alternatively virtuosic, cute, driving, charming, brusque and rich.
Saxophonist Rob Buckland proving himself equally adept on both tenor and alto instruments (blusteringly powerful on the former, and addressing the latter with almost Sanborn-like insinuating earnestness).
A virtuoso tour de force….the playing is technically brilliant throughout,…but what shines through is the genuine emotion and integrity of the music and its performance. This recording deserves to be heard by as wide and audience as possible.