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Chamber Music with Winds - JANACEK, L. / MARTINU, B. / REICHA, A. (Mladi) (Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet)

Chamber Music with Winds - JANACEK, L. / MARTINU, B. / REICHA, A. (Mladi) (Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet)

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release date: November 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File

Artists:

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Ensemble

Manfred Preis

Soloist

Michael Hasel

Soloist

Marion Reinhard

Soloist

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet



Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 76:28
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Chamber Music with Winds - JANACEK, L. / MARTINU, B. / REICHA, A. (Mladi) (Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet)

     
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ANTOINE REICHA

 

Wind Quintet in E flat major, Op. 88, No. 2

 
1 I. Lento - Allegro moderato 7:08
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
     
2 II. Minuetto: Allegro 3:48
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
     
3 III. Poco andante grazioso 7:48
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
     
4 IV. Finale: Allegretto 5:41
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
     
 

BOHUSLAV MARTINU

 

Sextet, H. 174

 
5 I. Prelude 3:17
 Marion Reinhard Soloist
     
6 II. Adagio 3:32
 Marion Reinhard Soloist
     
7 III. Scherzo: Allegro vivo (Divertimento 1) 2:24
 Marion Reinhard Soloist
     
8 IV. Blues (Divertimento 2) 2:59
 Marion Reinhard Soloist
     
9 V. Finale 2:37
 Marion Reinhard Soloist
     
 

ANTOINE REICHA

10 

Andante No. 1 in E flat major

5:52
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
     
11 

Andante No. 2 in F major

5:33
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
     
12 

Adagio in D minor

6:49
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
     
 

LEOS JANACEK

13 

Pochod Modracku (March of the Bluebirds), JW VII/9

2:11
 Michael Hasel Soloist
     
 

Mladi (Youth Suite), JW VII/10

 
14 I. Andante 3:40
 Manfred Preis Soloist
     
15 II. Moderato 4:55
 Manfred Preis Soloist
     
16 III. Allegro 3:46
 Manfred Preis Soloist
     
17 IV. Con moto 4:28
 Manfred Preis Soloist


The eminent Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (BPWQ) has recorded a number of albums for BIS, including programmes focusing on composers from France, Hungary, America (North and South) and Germany. The ensemble’s latest album features three composers born in what is now the Czech Republic; a varied offering, opening with a wind quintet by Anton Reicha, who in the early 19th century ‘invented’ the entire genre, and closing with one of the absolute pinnacles in 20th-century chamber music for winds, namely Janácek’s Mládí (‘Youth’) from 1924. Framed by these two is Martinu’s Sextet for piano and winds, written in Paris in 1929 and with echoes of both Bohemian music and jazz elements in a mix typical for this composer. If the musical styles are diverse, so are the sonorities: in fact, the only work scored for ‘regular’ wind quintet is Reicha’s Quintet in E flat major. But the ’father of the wind quintet’ also experimented with exchanging a cor anglais for the oboe in the three rarely heard separate pieces included here. As for Martinu, he added a piano to the quintet, but at the same time replaced the horn with a second bassoon, and made one of the five movements, a brief Scherzo, into a virtuosic duo for flute and piano alone. Another duo – for piccolo and piano – is also included here: Janácek’s two-minute-long March of the Bluebirds. The piece sprang from a childhood memory, and when Janácek some months later began composing Mládí, based on recollections of his youth, he revised it to form the third movement of the suite. Like the other movements it is scored for wind quintet and bass clarinet – another unusual combination – but Janácek retained certain characteristics of the original by having the flutist alternate between flute and piccolo.

"...Sadly, the disc is marred by sloppy playing and appalling intonation … yes, of course I’m kidding! Anything I tried to say here would be redundant - the words “Berlin Philharmonic” are a guarantee of perfection in any language, end of story. Swedish label BIS has done their usual excellent job with the sound quality, setting the seal on a slightly unusual but very appealing release."

Andy Fawcett - audiophilia.com - 27 February 2012


"...The entire disc is a delight from beginning to end. Few wind ensembles can claim to match the superb execution of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, and the mixed program of works by three leading czech composers is sufficiently varied in combinations of instruments and musical styles that one doesn’t tire even after nearly 80 minutes of listening. BIS’s recording is crystal-clear, giving each instrument its due without any unnatural spotlighting. Strongly recommended to anyone who appreciates music for wind ensemble beautifully playe and recorded."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - March/April 2012


"...For a good sampling of Czech wind music this new BIS CD would be hard to beat, as the selection of works is varied and the performances and recordings are outstanding."

Leslie Wright - www.musicweb-international.com - January 2012
 


                   Repertoire **** (Excellent)           Sound **** (Excellent)

Clemens Haustein - Fono Forum - December 2011




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