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The Seasons - 20th-Century Music for Wind Quintet


4 CDs for the price of 2

MusicWeb International, September 2013: ”This is a superb collection of extremely fine performances, and should be part of everyone’s collection: no need to try, just buy!”

If the wind quintet genre has its origins in the early 19th century, it was during the 20th that it came of age. The possibilities that the combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn offered in terms of sounds and musical character were exploited to the full by composers such as Carl Nielsen, Paul Hindemith and Darius Milhaud. Once the ensemble had become firmly established, it also became common practice to add instruments, or to vary the timbres in other ways. In his Septuor, Charles Kœchlin included not only an alto saxophone but also a cor anglais, the same instrument that Heitor Villa-Lobos replaced the (French) horn with in the Quintette en forme de Chôros. One of the most extreme cases in the literature, however, is Hans-Werner Henze's L'autunno 'for five players of wind instruments', in which each player is required to perform on almost all the related instruments in the family of his main instrument, resulting in an instrumentarium ranging from piccolo flute to Wagner tuba and contrabassoon. Together with three other compositions, Henze's autumnal piece has lent its name to the discs included in this box set, the others being Printemps by Henri Tomasi, Samuel Barber's Summer Music and Winter Songs, Brett Dean's settings of five poems by E. E. Cummings for tenor and wind quintet. Individually released by the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet between 1992 and 2003, these four discs are here gathered into a full seasonal cycle: a catalogue of 20th-century music for wind quintet, performed by an ensemble that a reviewer in BBC Music Magazine has described as follows: ’Accustomed to working together with the world’s most gifted and demanding conductors, the five players distil all the discipline, versatility and musical characterisation that is demanded of them daily. They combine this with the mutual generosity and tangible sense of enjoyment of those just freed from the maestro’s yoke.’
 
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Disc 1
 
  Jacques Ibert
  Trios Pièces brèves for wind quintet 6'48
01 I. Allegro 2'20
02 II. Andante 1'42
03 III. Assez lent - Allegro scherzando 2'46
 
 
  Henri Tomasi
  Printemps for wind quintet and saxophone 9'08
04 I. Réveil des oiseaux 1'34
05 II. Chant d´amour 1'46
06 III. Danse des oiseaux 5'48
 
 
  Darius Milhaud
  La Cheminée du roi René for wind quintet 12'45
07 I. Cortège 2'01
08 II. Aubade 1'47
09 III. Jongleurs 1'12
10 IV. La maousinglade 2'31
11 V. Joutes sur l´arc 0'55
12 VI. Chasse à Valabre 1'29
13 VII. Madrigal-nocturne 2'50
 
 
  Charles Koechlin
  Septuor pour instruments à vent 15'24
14 I. Monodie 2'36
15 II. Pastorale 4'01
16 III. Intermezzo 1'48
17 IV. Fugue 1'42
18 V. Sérénité 3'45
19 VI. Fugue 1'32
 
 
  Jean Françaix
  Quintette no 1 for wind quintet 20'07
20 I. Andante tranquillo - Allegro assai 4'12
21 II. Presto 4'30
22 III. Tema. Variation 1 - 4 7'08
23 IV. Tempo di marcia francese 4'17
 
 
  Eugène Bozza
24 Scherzo pour quintette à vent 2'35
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Samuel Barber
01 Summer Music, Op.31 (1956) for woodwind quintet 11'06
 
 
  Elliott Carter
  Woodwind Quintet (1948) 7'42
02 I. Allegretto 3'56
03 II. Allegro giocoso 3'46
 
 
  Gunther Schuller
  Suite (1957) 5'34
04 I. Prelude 2'14
05 II. Blues 1'51
06 III. Toccata 1'29
 
 
  Kazimierz Machala
07 American Folk Suite (1980) 1'48
 
 
  Julio Medaglia
  Suite 'Belle Epoque in Sud-America' (1994-97) 9'10
08 I. Tango 2'23
09 II. Vals Paulista 3'22
10 III. Chorinho 'Walter´s Requinta maluca' 3'25
 
 
  Heitor Villa-Lobos
11 Quintette en forme de Chôros (1928) for flute, oboe and bassoon 9'44
 
 
  Liduino Pitombeira
12 Ajubete jepê amô mbaê (1991) 4'52
 
 
  Julio Medaglia
  Suite popular brasileira (1991-93) 8'24
13 I. Chôro em Berlin 1'47
14 II. Baiao 2'42
15 III. Seresta 2'11
16 IV. Frevo 1'44
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Paul Hindemith
  Kleine Kammermusik Op.24, Nr.2 13'12
01 I. Lustig 2'52
02 II. Walzer 1'52
03 III. Ruhig und einfach 4'39
04 IV. Schnelle Viertel 0'57
05 V. Sehr lebhaft 2'52
 
 
  Hans Werner Henze
  Quintet (1952) Introduktion, Variationen und Fuge 10'31
06 I.Teil 6'00
07 II.Teil 2'46
08 III.Teil 1'45
 
 
  Hans Werner Henze
  L´autunno 24'40
09 Moderato - Più mosso - Lo stesso tempo (Clarinet cadenza) (quasi attacca) - 6'23
10 Allegretto 2'58
11 Allegramente (Horn cadenza) - Malincolia - Allegretto (Bossoon cadenza) - attacca - 3'00
12 Vivace - Allegramente - Molto meno mosso - Vivace e burlesco (including bassoon cadenza) - Con moto - Un poco meno mosso - Ancora meno mosso (Contrabassoon cadenza) - attacca - 9'26
13 Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae 2'53
 
 
  Paul Hindemith
  Septett für Blasinstrumente (1948) 15'05
14 I. Lebhaft 4'04
15 II. Intermezzo 1'52
16 III. Variationen 3'42
17 IV. Intermezzo 1'55
18 V. Fuge schnell: 'Alter Berner Marsch' 3'32
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Brett Dean
  Winter Songs for tenor and wind quintet (1994/2000) after poems of e.e.cummings 26'06
01 I. 12'00
02 II. 7'36
03 III. 6'30
 
 
  Erkki-Sven Tüür
04 Architectonics I for wind quartet (1984) 4'40
 
 
  Peteris Vasks
05 Music for a deceased friend, for wind quartet (1982) 9'49
 
 
  Arvo Pärt
  Quintettino, Op.13 (1964) 3'47
06 I. Schnell 0'59
07 II. Langsam 1'39
08 III. Mässig 1'09
 
 
  Carl Nielsen
  Wind Quintet, Op.43 (1922) 25'05
09 I. Allegro ben moderato 8'09
10 II. Menuet 4'31
11 III. Praeludium - Tema con variazioni - Andante festivo 12'25
 
  Album total 268'43
ComposerBarber, Samuel
Bozza, Eugène
Carter, Elliott
Dean, Brett
Françaix, Jean
Henze, Hans Werner
Hindemith, Paul
Ibert, Jacques
Koechlin, Charles
Machala, Kazimierz
Medaglia, Julio
Milhaud, Darius
Nielsen, Carl
Pitombeira, Liduino
Pärt, Arvo
Schuller, Gunther
Tomasi, Henri
Tüür, Erkki-Sven
Vasks, Peteris
Villa-Lobos, Heitor
EnsembleBerlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Alto saxophonePreis, Manfred
Cor anglaisShore, Nigel
Stempnik, Gerhard
Bass clarinetPreis, Manfred
TrumpetClamor, Thomas
TenorNorman, Daniel
ConductorBäumer, Hermann

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