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Danses et Divertissements

Composer André Jolivet
Francis Poulenc
Claude Paul Taffanel
Henri Tomasi
Performer Stephen Hough
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1532 SACD
EAN 7318599915326
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2009
Total time 68'47

One of the world’s foremost wind quintets meets one of today’s finest pianists in a work that many consider to be one of the best examples of a work for piano and winds: Poulenc’s Sextet. The composer himself called it ‘a homage to the wind instruments which I have loved from the moment I began composing’, and its cheeky character, virtuosic drive and catchy melodies are typical of his other writing for wind instruments. Poulenc also supplied the piano with a crucial – and virtuosic – part, however, including jazzy elements typical of the period as well as emotional outbursts in the manner of Rachmaninov. Stephen Hough and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet have enjoyed a long collaboration. On disc this has resulted in recordings of the quintets by Mozart and Beethoven, a release which made the reviewer on the website surrender unconditionally: ‘the adjective which comes to mind while listening is one of excruciating banality, and yet it says everything: this disc is profoundly beautiful’. Poulenc’s sextet is framed by three other French works, and from the late-Romantic Quintet by Taffanel to the last of Tomasi’s Cinq Danses (a ‘War Dance’ marked ‘wildly frenetically’), the players of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – who began performing as a group more than 20 years ago – once again demonstrate their supreme capacity not only on their individual instruments, but as ensemble players.
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  Claude Paul Taffanel
  Quintette en sol mineur pour instruments à vent 21'08
01 I. Allegro con moto 8'32
02 II. Andante 5'24
03 III. Vivace 7'12
  Francis Poulenc
  Sextuor pour Piano et quintette à vent 16'57
04 I. Allegro vivace – Trés vite et emporté 7'17
05 II. Divertissement. Andantino 4'20
06 III. Finale. Prestissimo 5'20
  André Jolivet
  Sérénade pour quintette à vent avec hautbois principal 16'00
07 I. Cantilène. Moderato 4'03
08 II. Caprice. Scherzando 3'26
09 III. Intermède. Moderato 3'31
10 IV. Marche burlesque. Allegro 5'00
  Henri Tomasi
  Cinq Danses Profanes et Sacrées pour quintette à vent 12'32
11 I. Danse agreste. Allegretto 2'47
12 II. Danse profane. Scherzando 2'32
13 III. Danse sacrée. Lent 3'00
14 IV. Danse nuptiale. Scherzando 1'56
15 V. Danse guerrière. Sauvagement frénétique 2'17
  Album total 68'47
ComposerJolivet, André
Poulenc, Francis
Taffanel, Claude Paul
Tomasi, Henri
EnsembleBerlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
PianoHough, Stephen

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