The Seasons - 20th Century Music for Wind Quintet by Barber, Hindemith, Nielsen, Vasks, Henze, Tomasi, Ibert, Milhaud et al. [4 CDs]

> Winter Songs - I. (Introduction) - (e) - (n)
> Winter Songs - II. (If in beginning twilight winter will stand)
> Winter Songs - III. (Who are you little i) - (n)
> Architectonics I - Architectonics I
> In memory of a friend - Music for a Deceased Friend
> Quintettino - I. Schnell
> Quintettino - II. Langsam
> Quintettino - III. Massig
> Wind Quintet, Op. 43, FS 100 - I. Allegro ben moderato
> Wind Quintet, Op. 43, FS 100 - II. Menuet
> Wind Quintet, Op. 43, FS 100 - III. Praeludium - Tema con variazioni - Andante festivo
> L'autunno - IV. Vivace
> L'autunno - V. Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae
> Septet - I. Lebhaft
> Septet - II. Intermezzo: Sehr langsam
> Septet - III. Variationen: Massig schnell
> Septet - IV. Intermezzo: Sehr langsam
> Septet - V. Fuge, "Alter Berner Marsch": Schnell
> Wind Septet, Op. 165 - VI. Fugue
> Wind Quintet - I. Andante tranquillo - Allegro assai
> Wind Quintet - II. Presto
> Wind Quintet - III. Tema. Variation 1 - 4
> Wind Quintet - IV. Tempo di marcia francese
> Scherzo, Op. 48 - Scherzo, Op. 48

Album Summary

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Pieces breves (3), for wind quintet
>Tomasi, Henri : Printemps, for alto saxophone & wind quintet
>Milhaud, Darius : La cheminée du roi René, Op. 205
>Koechlin, Charles : Septet for flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon & horn, Op. 165
>Françaix, Jean : Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon no 1
>Bozza, Eugène : Scherzo for winds, Op 48
>Barber, Samuel : Summer Music, for wind quintet, Op. 31
>Carter, Elliott : Quintet for Winds
>Schuller, Gunther : Suite for woodwind ensemble
>Kazimierz, Machala : American Folk Suite
>Medaglia, Julio : Suite "Belle Epoque in Sud-America"
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Quinteto em forma de Chôros, W 231
>Pitombeira, Liduino : Ajubete jepe amo mba, for wind ensemble
>Medaglia, Julio : Suite popular brasileira
>Hindemith, Paul : Kleine Kammermusik, for wind quintet, Op. 24/2
>Henze, Hans Werner : Quintet for Winds
>Henze, Hans Werner : L'autunno, for 5 wind instruments
>Hindemith, Paul : Septet, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn & trumpet
>Dean, Brett : Winter Songs, for tenor & wind quintet (after poems of e.e. cummings)
>Tuur, Erkki-Sven : Architectonics 1, for wind quintet
>Vasks, Peteris : Music for a Deceased Friend, for wind quintet
>Pärt, Arvo : Quintettino, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon, Op. 13
>Nielsen, Carl : Quintet for Winds, Op. 43
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Notes & Reviews:

If the wind quintet genre has its origins in the early 19th century, it was during the 20th that it came of age. The possibilities that the combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn offered in terms of sounds and musical character were exploited to the full by composers such as Carl Nielsen, Paul Hindemith and Darius Milhaud. Once the ensemble had become firmly established, it also became common practice to add instruments, or to vary the timbres in other ways. In his Septuor, Charles Koechlin included not only an alto saxophone but also a cor anglais, the same instrument that Heitor Villa-Lobos replaced the (French) horn with in the Quintette en forme de Chôros. One of the most extreme cases in the literature, however, is Hans-Werner Henze's L'autunno 'for five players of wind instruments', in which each player is required to perform on almost all the related instruments in the family of his main instrument, resulting in an instrumentarium ranging from piccolo flute to Wagner tuba and contrabassoon. Together with three other compositions, Henze's autumnal piece has lent its name to the discs included in this box set, the others being Printemps by Henri Tomasi, Samuel Barber's Summer Music and Winter Songs, Brett Dean's settings of five poems by E. E. Cummings for tenor and wind quintet. Individually released by the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet between 1992 and 2003, these four discs are here gathered into a full seasonal cycle: a catalogue of 20th-century music for wind quintet, performed by an ensemble that a reviewer in BBC Music Magazine has described as follows: 'Accustomed to working together with the world's most gifted and demanding conductors, the five players distil all the discipline, versatility and musical characterisation that is demanded of them daily. They combine this with the mutual generosity and tangible sense of enjoyment of those just freed from the maestro's yoke.'

MusicWeb International, 24th September 2013
This is a superb collection of extremely fine performances, and should be part of everyone's collection: no need to try, just buy!



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>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Pièces brèves (3), for wind quintet
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Tomasi, Henri : Printemps, for alto saxophone & wind quintet
  • Performer: Manfred Preis (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Milhaud, Darius : La cheminée du roi René, Op. 205
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Koechlin, Charles : Septet for flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon & horn, Op. 165
  • Performer: Manfred Preis (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 14 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1937

>Jean Françaix (1912 - 1997) : Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon no 1
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Eugène Bozza (1905 - 1991) : Scherzo for winds, Op 48
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Barber, Samuel : Summer Music, for wind quintet, Op. 31
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Carter, Elliott : Quintet for Winds
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Schuller, Gunther : Suite for woodwind ensemble
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Kazimierz, Machala : American Folk Suite
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Júlio Medaglia (1938 - ) : Suite "Belle Epoque in Sud-America"
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Quinteto em forma de Chôros, W 231
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Pitombeira, Liduino : Ajubete jepê amô mba, for wind ensemble
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Júlio Medaglia (1938 - ) : Suite popular brasileira
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hindemith, Paul : Kleine Kammermusik, for wind quintet, Op. 24/2
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Henze, Hans Werner : Quintet for Winds
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Henze, Hans Werner : L'autunno, for 5 wind instruments
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 25 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977

>Hindemith, Paul : Septet, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn & trumpet
  • Performers: Manfred Preis (Clarinet); Thomas Clamor (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1948

>Dean, Brett : Winter Songs, for tenor & wind quintet (after poems of e.e. cummings)
  • Performer: Daniel Norman (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Hermann Bäumer
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Erkki-Sven Tüür (1959 - ) : Architectonics 1, for wind quintet
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Vasks, Peteris : Music for a Deceased Friend, for wind quintet
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1981

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Quintettino, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon, Op. 13
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Nielsen, Carl : Quintet for Winds, Op. 43
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1922