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CHAN 241-33
(multiple CD Set)

Elgar: Complete Works for Wind Quintet

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2006

Originally recorded in 2005

Artists:

Athena Ensemble



Venue:

Church of St Augustine, Kilburn, London



Producer:

Brian Couzens

(Executive)

Engineer:

Brian Couzens



Record Label
2 for 1

Genre:

Woodwind


Chamber

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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EDWARD ELGAR

(1857-1934)
  Complete Works for Wind Quintet  
   
 

Harmony Music No. 5

27:32  
1 I Allegro moderato 'The Mission' 11:44
2 II Menuetto - Trio 5:39
3 III Andante 'Noah's Ark' 4:19
4 IV Finale 5:48
   
 

Intermezzos

8:00  
5 1 Allegro moderato 1:33
6 2 Adagio 'Mrs and Miss Howell' 1:28
7 3 Allegretto 'Nancy' 1:15
8 4 Andante con moto 2:10
9 5 Allegretto 1:34
   
10 

Harmony Music No. 1

4:04
  Allegro molto  
11 

Adagio cantabile 'Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup'

3:45
   
12 

Andante con variazioni 'Evesham Andante'

5:04
   
 

Six Promenades

14:06  
13 I Moderato e molto maestoso 1:28
14 II Moderato 'Madame Taussaud's' 1:53
15 III Presto 2:22
16 IV Andante 'Somniferous' 2:40
17 V Allegro molto 3:02
18 VI Allegro maestoso 'Hell and Tommy' 2:39
   
19 

Harmony Music No. 2

10:20
   
20 

Harmony Music No. 4 'The Farmyard'

12:02
   
 

Four Dances

11:40  
21 I Menuetto 4:15
22 II Gavotte 'Alphonsa' 2:41
23 III Sarabande 2:44
24 IV Gigue 2:00
   
25 

Harmony Music No. 3

3:23
  (Fragment)  
  Richard McNicol flute  
  Sebastian Bell flute  
  David Theodore oboe  
  Roger Fallows clarinet  
  Robert Jordan bassoon  
  1978  
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.
The Observer

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.
Classic CD

A delight, as well as essential for anyone wanting the whole of Elgar.
Elgar Society Journal



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