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Elgar: Complete Works for Wind Quintet
01 Apr 2006
Originally recorded in 2005
Church of St Augustine, Kilburn, London
2 for 1
Total Time - 99:52
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Elgar: The Complete Works for Wind Quintet
This is the only available recordings of the complete works for Wind Quintet, played here by the Athena Ensemble on a two disc set for the price of one.
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Complete Works for Wind Quintet
Harmony Music No. 5
Allegro moderato 'The Mission'
Menuetto - Trio
Andante 'Noah's Ark'
Adagio 'Mrs and Miss Howell'
Andante con moto
Harmony Music No. 1
Adagio cantabile 'Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup'
Andante con variazioni 'Evesham Andante'
Moderato e molto maestoso
Moderato 'Madame Taussaud's'
Allegro maestoso 'Hell and Tommy'
Harmony Music No. 2
Harmony Music No. 4 'The Farmyard'
Harmony Music No. 3
These are the only available recordings of these works
This set presents these works as a complete set for the first time
The music composed for wind quintet by Edward Elgar is unique in terms of its orchestration.
As a budding musician, playing not only the violin but also the bassoon, Elgar wrote a quantity of music in his unfailingly beguiling lighter style for himself and four other wind players to perform. Elgar’s music for wind quintet is unique in its scoring, which replaces the horn with a second flute.
Written when Elgar was in his early twenties, these works bear no resemblance to the large-scale symphonies or massive oratorios. They are exquisitely crafted miniatures – called “shed” music by the composer after the place in which they were rehearsed. These charming miniatures, reflecting the composer’s youthful experimentation with classical models, are playful, and unfailingly inventive. Though they do not yet fully display Elgar’s distinctive voice, there are many hints suggesting the composer to come, particularly in the five Intermezzos.
This quintet music is a delightful departure from the standard woodwind quintet literature… This is a good addition to anyone’s collection of wind music.
American Record Guide
‘These bubbly versions [10 Pieces for Wind] by the Athena Ensemble, the only ones in the catalogue, are highly recommended at bargain price.
Elgar was a slow developer, and these pieces written in his youth are hardly prophetic – but they’re craftsmanlike, charming and fun. This pioneering recording stands up well.
BBC Music Magazine
The pieces are treated to a bright and lively performance
Penguin Complete Guide
In spite of its youthful naivete, the music is unusually colourful and sensibly written, taking account of the various
degrees of skills in the performers. Delectable.
American Record Guide
The music is expertly performed with charm, sensitivity and imagination by the Athena Ensemble.
A delight, as well as essential for anyone wanting the whole of Elgar.
Elgar Society Journal
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