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Elgar: Complete Works for Wind Quintet / Athena Ensemble

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Harmony Music no 5 "The Mission", for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
>Elgar, Edward : Intermezzi (5), for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & basson (or cello)
>Elgar, Edward : Harmony Music no 1 ("Shed no 1"), for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
>Elgar, Edward : Adagio Cantabile "Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup", for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
>Elgar, Edward : Andante con variazione "Evesham Andante", for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
>Elgar, Edward : Promenades (6), for wind quintet
>Elgar, Edward : Harmony Music no 2 ("Shed no 2"), for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
>Elgar, Edward : Harmony Music IV "The Farmyard"
>Elgar, Edward : Menuetto, for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon in B flat major
>Elgar, Edward : Alphonsa Gavotte, for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, clarinet & bassoon
>Elgar, Edward : Sarabande, largo for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
>Elgar, Edward : Gigue, for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
>Elgar, Edward : Harmony Music no 3 ("Shed no 3"), for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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. 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.

Penguin Complete Guide
The pieces are treated to a bright and lively performance

BBC Music Magazine
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.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Harmony Music no 5 "The Mission", for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 26 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Elgar, Edward : Intermezzi (5), for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & basson (or cello)
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Elgar, Edward : Harmony Music no 1 ("Shed no 1"), for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Elgar, Edward : Adagio Cantabile "Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup", for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1878

>Elgar, Edward : Andante con variazione "Evesham Andante", for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1878

>Elgar, Edward : Promenades (6), for wind quintet
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Elgar, Edward : Harmony Music no 2 ("Shed no 2"), for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Elgar, Edward : Harmony Music IV "The Farmyard"
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Elgar, Edward : Menuetto, for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon in B flat major
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Elgar, Edward : Alphonsa Gavotte, for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, clarinet & bassoon
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Elgar, Edward : Sarabande, largo for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Elgar, Edward : Gigue, for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Elgar, Edward : Harmony Music no 3 ("Shed no 3"), for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon
  • Ensemble: Athena Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878