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MENGAL, M.-J.: Wind Quintets (Reichasche Quintet)

MENGAL, M.-J.: Wind Quintets (Reichasche Quintet)

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release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2005


Reicha'sche Quintet


Reicha'sche Quintet

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New Classical




Total Time - 87:18
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MENGAL, M.-J.: Wind Quintets (Reichasche Quintet)




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Wind Quintet in B major (after F.J. Haydn)

1 I. Allegro non troppo (after Piano Trio No. 18 in B flat major, Hob.XV:20: I. Allegro) 6:19
2 II. Andante (after Piano Trio No. 16 in A major, Hob.XV:18: II. Andante) 5:52
3 III. Minuetto: Allegro (after Keyboard Sonata No. 48 in C major, Hob.XVI:35: III. Finale: Allegro) 5:20
4 IV. Finale: Allegro (after Piano Trio No. 16 in A major, Hob.XV:18: III. Allegro) 4:55

Wind Quintet in G minor (after W.A. Mozart)

5 I. Allegro non troppo (after Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K. 304: I. Allegro) 10:49
6 II. Adagio (after Violin Sonata No. 23 in D major, K. 306: II. Andantino cantabile) 7:13
7 III. Minuetto: Allegro - Menuetto (after Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K. 304: II. Tempo di menuetto) 5:33
8 IV. Finale: Allegro (after Violin Sonata No. 27 in G major, K. 379: I. Allegro) 5:12

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Wind Quintet in B major (after L. van Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12, No. 2)

1 I. Allegro 7:48
2 II. Andante 5:15
3 III. Minuetto: Allegro 6:20
4 IV. Allegro 4:18

Quintet on Themes of Rossini

5 I. Adagio 2:26
6 II. Allegro non troppo 9:58
  Reicha'sche Quintet Ensemble

Mengal died in 1851, leaving behind an undisputed reputation as the founder of an independent Belgian musical tradition and compositional school. Of his own œuvre however (of which more than 100 works were printed), was little more to be heard soon after his death. His extensive output (symphonic music conspicuous by its absence) includes much that would be of great interest to the musical life of today.

The fact that our album is not only the first recording of Mengal’s music, but also offers, for the first time, the correct portrait of the composer, shows how necessary further research is. Several publications available today print the portrait of Mengal’s brother, Jan Baptist, under the name Martin Joseph. Jan Baptist, eight years younger than our subject, also made his career as a horn player and composer in Paris (named Jean Mengal). Since both brothers were generally referred to as either ‘Mengal’ or ‘J. Mengal’, it is not possible, in the case of several works for horn, to be sure by whom they were written, as well as to whom some concert advertisements and newspaper reports apply. We can, however, be sure that the wind quintets belong to the output of Martin Joseph Menga.

The Reicha’sche Quintett was founded in 1992 and performs exclusively on instruments authentic to the respective period. Based on the musicians’ experience in ‘modern’ wind quintets, the ensemble’s aim is to give the repertoire of the 19th Century the most authentic possible performance, not only with regard to the instruments used, but also with consideration to the performance practice of the day. The members of the Reicha’sche Quintett perform regularly with a variety of ‘period instrument’ orchestras and ensembles, such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Anima Eterna, Cappella Coloniensis, Concentus Musicus Wien, Concerto Köln, Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik and the Orchestra of the 18th Century. Additionally, they are active in the educational field, teaching at the conservatoires in Bremen, Frankfurt, Cologne, Mons, Munich and Trossingen.

The quintet’s discography also includes the complete wind quintets of Franz Danzi, praised enthusiastically in the trade press, as well as two discs of works by François René Gebauer and Antonin Reicha. The piano quintets of Franz Danzi have also appeared on disc in collaboration with renowned harpsichordist and fortepianist, Christine Schornsheim. All albums are available on the New Classical Adventure (NCA) label.


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