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Richard Strauss: Wind Sonatinas / Armonia Ensemble

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 1 for 16 wind instruments in F major ("From the Workshop of an Invalid"), o.Op. 135 (Tr
>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 2 for 16 wind instruments in E flat major ("Happy Workshop"), o.Op. 143 (TrV 291, AV 14
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Workshop works, to keep the right hand, freed from the baton, from dozing off too soon" is how Richard Strauss understatedly described his masterly output following his final 1942 opera "Capriccio", including his two Sonatinas for 16 winds. Members of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra founded the armonia Bläserensemble in 2000. The ensemble's repertoire ranges from Trio d'Anches and classical wind quintets to Mozart, Dvorák and Richard Strauss.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The Armonia Ensemble fully obliges, offering up the sonatinas on a symphonic and romantic scale, yet allowing the more classical lines and textures to speak for themselves. Solo lines are finely shaped; duos, trios, and quartets have excellent balance and blend; clarity in the thickly scored passages is very good, and climatic moments hum with the distinct timbre of an old-fashioned reed organ. The ensemble displays terrific energy and technique all through, and the overall product is strong and resounding. In a time when personnel and opportunity often curb the presentation of such works, this recording deserves notice.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (2010-11-19_2010-11-22&2012-).



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>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 1 for 16 wind instruments in F major ("From the Workshop of an Invalid"), o.Op. 135 (Tr
  • Ensemble: Armonia Ensemble
  • Notes: Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (11/19/2010-11/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1943

>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 2 for 16 wind instruments in E flat major ("Happy Workshop"), o.Op. 143 (TrV 291, AV 14
  • Ensemble: Armonia Ensemble
  • Notes: Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (03/28/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944-1945