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Music for winds arr. from Byrd, Pärt / Kai Wessel, alto; Calefax Reed Quintet

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Senex puerum portabat, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Pärt, Arvo : Magnificat Antiphons (7), for chorus
>Byrd, William : Work(s)
>Byrd, William : Senex puerum portabat
>Pärt, Arvo : Arbos, for 7 recorders & 3 triangles ad lib
>Pärt, Arvo : Summa, for violin, 2 violas & cello
>Pärt, Arvo : Pari intervallo, for 4 recorders
>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"...noble, refined, austere, reed-quintet versions of four works written for a range of different forces,produced by members of Calefax (Dutch reed quintet)...these Part transcriptions are achingly lovely...Another surprise, listening to Byrd and Part side by side in these arrangements that pare them of any sense of belonging to any particular time or place..an innocent guess might hold Part to be the earlier composer...when Byrd contains timbres of clarinet,sax."-Anderson, Fanfare

When it comes to melody, the uncompromising linear clarity and chamber-style flexibility enjoyed by reed instruments give them a big advantage over choirs and orchestras. Even hard-liners from the historical performance camp are swept away by the beauty and brilliance with which Calefax bring new zest to well-known and much-performed works from Bach to Berg.

Accomplished wind virtuosity is what makes the sacred sublimity of these compositions by Byrd and Pärt into genuine sound orgies in which the beauty of Kai Wessel'scountertenor voice seems to shine like a radiant, solitary light.



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : Senex puerum portabat, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Ensemble: Calefax Reed Quintet
  • Notes: Martin-Luther-Kirche Gütersloh (09/17/1996-09/18/1996)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Magnificat Antiphons (7), for chorus
  • Notes: Martin-Luther-Kirche Gütersloh (09/17/1996-09/18/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1988

>Byrd, William : Work(s) :: Magnificat
  • Notes: Martin-Luther-Kirche Gütersloh (09/17/1996-09/18/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Senex puerum portabat
  • Notes: Martin-Luther-Kirche Gütersloh (09/17/1996-09/18/1996)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Arbos, for 7 recorders & 3 triangles ad lib
  • Notes: Martin-Luther-Kirche Gütersloh (09/17/1996-09/18/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977-1986

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Summa, for violin, 2 violas & cello
  • Notes: Martin-Luther-Kirche Gütersloh (09/17/1996-09/18/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Pari intervallo, for 4 recorders
  • Notes: Martin-Luther-Kirche Gütersloh (09/17/1996-09/18/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
  • Notes: Martin-Luther-Kirche Gütersloh (09/17/1996-09/18/1996)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1590