Stockhausen: Zeitmasze; Schoenberg: Wind Quintet, Op. 26 / Phoenix Ensemble

Album Summary

>Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Zeitmasze, for 5 winds
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Quintet for winds, Op. 26
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Phoenix Ensemble is a New York City based, mixed-instrument chamber music group, consisting of a full complement of winds, brass, strings, and percussion. The ensemble is dedicated to the performance and recording of classical music, and to the mission of making the musical arts a more essential and valuable experience in the lives of the general public. Since 1992, through performances, recordings, and residencies in schools and communities, the Phoenix Ensemble has presented hundreds of events designed to inspire a new and diverse audience for classical music. The group has a special interest in encouraging and giving a voice to composers of contemporary music, and creating events where these composers can present their music to a new audience. The group's 2009 recording of the clarinet quintets of Morton Feldman and Milton Babbitt has won wide critical acclaim. For this recording, the ensemble has selected two works for wind quintet. Arnold Schoenberg's wind quintet, his first strict 12-tone ensemble work, was composed in 1924 and Stockhausen's Zeitmasze was written early in his composing career (1957).

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Both performances are tight and in tune, but the dynamic range of the whole recording is a little flat. This doesn't detract too heavily from the works and the performances, but it also doesn't make for particularly exciting listening. Neither work is abundantly recorded or performed, so this would serve as a perfectly fine addition to a collection aimed beyond each composer's most famous pieces.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dreamflower Studios, Bronxville, NY.



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Works Details

>Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Zeitmasze, for 5 winds
  • Performer: Mark Lieb (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Phoenix Ensemble [New York] (New York)
  • Notes: Dreamflower Studios, Bronxville, NY (09/29/2011-09/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1956

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Quintet for winds, Op. 26
  • Performer: Mark Lieb (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Phoenix Ensemble [New York] (New York)
  • Notes: Dreamflower Studios, Bronxville, NY (06/01/2010-06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 04/1923-08/1924