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20th Century Chamber Music - works by Britten, Hindemith, Poot, Badings, Wellesz / Vienna Octet

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonietta, for chamber orchestra, Op. 1
>Hindemith, Paul : Octet, for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, 2 violas, cello & bass
>Poot, Marcel : Octet
>Badings, Henk : Octet
>Wellesz, Egon : Octet for clarinet, horn, bassoon, string quartet & double bass, Op. 67
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Eloquence is a series of classical recordings culled from the archives of Decca and Deutsche Grammophon and originating from Australia. One of the most critically-acclaimed of classical reissue series in the world today, the series presents music for the casual buyer as well as increasingly for the connoisseur. Recordings on the Eloquence series have received the highest international critical acclaim for imagination and inventiveness. Most of all, it is noted for the resurrection of numerous analogue recordings hitherto unreleased on CD. Several have been given a 10/10 rating on ClassicsToday.

Among the highlights of this series have been the systematic exploration of the Decca recordings of Ernest Ansermet, Zubin Mehta, Peter Maag, Josef Krips, Kirsten Flagstad, István Kertész, Imogen Holst, Christopher Hogwood as well as such iconic ensembles as the Vienna Octet, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and The Consort of Musicke. They have received the highest critical praise and most of them appearing on CD for the first time. In some cases Hogwood, Fitzwilliams, Consort of Musicke the artists have contributed introductory notes. Forthcoming is a survey of the Decca recordings of Alicia de Larrocha and the Deutsche Grammophon recordings of Lazar Berman and Irmgard Seefried.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The Badings and Wellesz octets were recorded in 1971, and the scoring and engineering make the group sound more like a chamber orchestra. The acoustics are warmer, too, which I welcome. They're also more gregarious by nature. The Wellesz is the most romantic of all five, and it draws more overt musicality out of the group. Notes are in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonietta, for chamber orchestra, Op. 1
  • Ensemble: Vienna Octet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1932.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1932

>Hindemith, Paul : Octet, for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, 2 violas, cello & bass
  • Ensemble: Vienna Octet
  • Running Time: 26 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Poot, Marcel : Octet
  • Ensemble: Vienna Octet
  • Running Time: 16 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1948

>Badings, Henk : Octet
  • Ensemble: Vienna Octet
  • Running Time: 25 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Wellesz, Egon : Octet for clarinet, horn, bassoon, string quartet & double bass, Op. 67
  • Ensemble: Vienna Octet
  • Running Time: 29 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1948