CRYSTAL RECORDS   Westwood Wind Quintet

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The Westwood Wind Quintet (of Los Angeles) was founded in 1959 and has performed and recorded actively for 52 years, during which time it has given over 2000 concerts and recorded more than 20 albums. In the mid-1980s, Daniel Carriaga, music critic with the Los Angeles Times, wrote "An Accumulation of instrumental polish and important repertoire over a long period has resulted in a treasurable sense of ensemble and musical solidity." Upon hearing the Quintet in a concert, Robert Shaw, former music director of the Atlanta Symphony, wrote “One listens to this ensemble as one listens to the finest of string quartets. It is a complete and completely satisfying musical experience.”

 

            High Fidelity Magazine wrote: “Extraordinary tone quality. The Westwood performers manifest a technical finesse and a richness of tone that one would normally expect only from a solo concert artist.”

 

            Fanfare Magazine wrote: “top-notch playing that can only be envied by lesser ensembles. Exceptional recordings.”

 

            International Record Review wrote: “The Westwood Wind Quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking. The fundamental ensemble qualities…are something to be cherished, and (for some of us) to attempt to emulate.”

 

            American Record Guide wrote: “The Westwood Wind Quintet [has been] for over 40 years one of the finest ensembles of its kind and the playing here certainly demonstrates that.”

 

            Gramophone Magazine wrote: “Magnificent American group. Superlative playing.”

 

SPECIAL: 12-CD SET OF ALL 24 REICHA WOODWIND QUINTETS, OVER 13 HOURS OF GORGEOUS MUSIC, in an attractive box set, ONLY $128.  (as usual for orders from Crystal, add just $2 for U.S. shipping, or $7 Canadian shipping, or $10 other countries)    ORDER NOW

            The International Double Reed Society Journal, Ron Klimko, Editor, wrote: “The Westwood Wind Quintet is one of the finest wind quintets in the world.  I always enjoy hearing the Westwood Wind Quintet. Their performances, as well as their fine recording technique, never disappoints. With all those years of experience playing together, their ensemble is wonderfully precise, clear and always exciting. The latter characteristic of excitement is what I hear most in their performances again and again. Sure, the ‘polish’ is there, but never at the expense of excitement and an exuberance…when they play, the music truly comes alive!”

 

            The Flutist Quarterly (Keith Pettway) wrote: “Wonderful sense of ensemble…It is seldom that one comes across a recording that with careful listening displays absolutely no major flaws, in performance or engineering. This is such a recording [Reicha vol. 11]. The players understand the music, each other, their instruments, and how they fit into the mix. The result is simply beautiful ensemble playing. The intonation is about as good as it gets when it comes to any chamber music.”

 

 

 

CD250:  WOODWIND TREASURES -- Westwood Wind Quintet. August Klughardt, Quintet, op. 79; Luciano Berio, Opus Number Zoo; George Heussenstamm, Seven Etudes for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon; Boris Pillin, Scherzo; Robert Linn, Woodwind Quintet; Herman Stein, Sour Suite.   UPC 00941472502-8 ORDER NOW


    The Quintet by August Klughardt (1847-1902) is as close to Brahms as woodwind ensembles have. This is a lush, Romantic piece and this is the only recording of it. The other pieces were all first recordings and most are still the only recordings available.



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Klughardt Quintet:  Mvt 1(Allegro non troppo)  Mvt 2(Allegro Vivace)  Mvt3(Andante)  Mvt 4(Adagio)    Berio Opus Number Zoo:   Tom Cats   Grey Mouse   Fawn   Barn Dance    Heussenstam Etudes:  Mvt 1(Andante)  Mvt 2(Allegro assai)  Mvt 3(Allegretto)  Mvt 4(Larghetto)  Mvt 5(Allegro giocoso)  Mvt 6(Allegro)  Mvt 7(Moderato)    Pillin: Scherzo    Linn Quintet:  Mvt 1(Allegro)  Mvt 2(Adagio)  Mvt 3(Allegro)    Stein Sour Suite:  Parade    Larry's Lullaby    Bagatelle    Lucky Seven-Eight

 

 

Click here for more information on the Reicha Woodwind Quintet series

 

CD261: Anton Reicha Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 1.  Opus 88, Nos. 1 & 2.  UPC 009414726124. Westwood Wind Quintet.    ORDER NOW  

This, volume one, is the 12th and final release of the 24 Reicha Woodwind Quintets. We are pleased that we now have all 24 of the Reicha Woodwind Quintets performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. This volume has the first two of Reicha’s Quintets, including the most popular op. 88, no. 2. Although the two quintets in this volume are shorter and a bit lighter than the other 22 quintets, they are still masterpieces, symphonic in scope. Opus 88, no. 1 is 21:28 in length. Opus 88, no. 2 is 26:55 in length. They are both mature works, and have Reicha’s signature beautiful melodies, exciting counterpoint, and thrilling allegros. “those who ignore this legacy are missing out not only on some terrific wind music but on some of the finest music ever penned.” (Ritter, Audiophile Audition).  Click here for further information about Reicha and the Westwood Wind Quintet.

The Westwood Wind Quintet has garnered exceptional praise for the series of Reicha Quintets. About a previous volume in the Westwood Wind Quintet’s 12 volume series of the Reicha Woodwind Quintets, the Flutist Quarterly (Pettway) wrote “It is seldom that one comes across a recording that with careful listening displays no major flaws, in performance or engineering. This is such a recording. The players understand the music, each other, their instruments, and how they fit into the mix. The result is simply beautiful ensemble playing.”

CD261 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.(to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)
Quintet in E Minor   Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4    Quintet in Eb Major   Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4

CD262, Anton Reicha Woodwind Quintets, vol. 2 – op. 88, nos. 3 & 4. Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414726223.     ORDER NOW  

This is the tenth CD in the 12-CD series of the 24 Woodwind Quintets of Anton Reicha (released January 2010). These quintets continue to garner the highest praise from musicians and critics. Reicha was a friend of Beethoven and Haydn, and was Profesor of counterpoint at the Paris Conservatory. He was one of the most respected composers and teachers of his time. Berlioz, Liszt, Franck, and Gounod were students of his. These 24 quintets are a pinnacle of achievement, “glorious quintets…constant freshness, a feeling of unquenchable invention…with radiant good humour. The Westwood Wind Quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking.” (International Record Review)

The Westwood Wind Quintet, now in its 52nd season, is “one of the finest wind quintets in the world” (International Double Reed Society Journal). “One listens to the Westwood Wind Quintet as one listens to the finest of string quartets. It is a complete and completely satisfying musical experience.” (Robert Shaw, formerly conductor, Atlanta Symphony)

CD262 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.

 Quintet in G Major    Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4    Quintet in D Minor   Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4  (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)

CD263: Anton Reicha, Woodwind Quintets, vol. 3 – op. 88, nos. 5 & 6. Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414726322.     ORDER NOW  

 This is the 9th CD in the 12-CD series of the 24 complete woodwind quintets by Anton Reicha. There are now 22 CDs available on 11 CDs. The remaining CD (vol. 1) will be released when production is completed, about 3 to 4 months.

“each Reicha Quintet is a masterpiece of the highest order. Those who ignore this legacy are missing out not only on some terrific wind music but on some of the finest music ever penned. These pieces are symphonies in miniature...each one a masterpiece.”  Audiophile Audition (Ritter)

"The players seek, find, and reveal the numerous qualities that have kept Reicha’s Quintets alive for almost two centuries...performances radiate affection for the music and technical virtuosity. Exceptional recordings." --– Fanfare.

“…the Westwod Wind Quintet is one of the finest wind quintets in the world. Their ensemble is wonderfully precise, clear and always exciting…when they play, the music truly comes alive.”  International Double Reed Society Journal (Klimko)

CD263 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.
Quintet in Bb Major, opus 88, no.5    Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4     Quintet in F Major, opus 88, no.6    Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4   (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)

“probably the best group of this kind anywhere”  New Orleans Courier

CD264:  Anton Reicha, Woodwind Quintets Vol 4: opus 91, nos. 1 & 2.  Westwood Wind Quintet
This is the fifth release in Crystal Records' series of Anton Reicha's 24 woodwind quintets.  UPC 00941472642-1 ORDER NOW  

 

“Each and every one [of the Reicha quintets] is a masterpiece of the highest order. Those who ignore this legacy are missing out not only on some terrific wind music but on some of the finest music ever penned.” Audiophile Audition

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Quintet in C Major, opus 91, no. 1:
Allegro moderato/Andante/Tempo primo   Andante   Menuetto   Rondo Finale   Quintet in A Minor, opus 91, no. 2: Adagio/Allegro assai   Andante   Menuetto   Finale

CD265:  Anton Reicha, Woodwind Quintets Vol 5: opus 91, nos. 3 & 4.  Westwood Wind Quintet
This is the second release in Crystal Records' series of Anton Reicha's monumental 24 woodwind quintets.  These are beautiful works, symphonic in scope.  Reicha (1770-1836) was a friend of Beethoven's and his writing illustrates the style of that period.  One of the most influential composers and teachers of the early 1800s, Reicha was Professor of Counterpoint and Fugue at the Paris Conservatory.  UPC 00941472652-0 ORDER NOW

    The Westwood Wind Quintet has recorded more than 15 albums in addition to the Reicha series, and has performed over 2000 concerts since its inception in 1959. The group has been called "a complete and completely satisfying musical experience" by legendary conductor Robert Shaw. Daniel Carriaga, writing in the Los Angeles Times about a concert of the Westwood Wind Quintet, said "An accumulation of instrumental polish and important repertory over a long period has resulted in a treasurable sense of ensemble and musical solidity."

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Opus 91, no. 3 
Mvmt 1    Mvmt 2    Mvmt 3    Mvmt 4    Opus 91, no. 4  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4

CD266:  Anton Reicha, Woodwind Quintets Vol 6: opus 91, nos. 5 & 6.  Westwood Wind Quintet
This is the first release of a set of 12 CDs of Reicha's 24 woodwind quintets.  Reicha (1770-1836) was a friend of Beethoven's and was one of the most influential composers of his period. "The performances radiate affection for the music and technical virtuosity.  A high recommendation." Fanfare   UPC 00941472662-9 ORDER NOW

The Westwood Wind Quintet, extablished in 1959, has performed over 2000 concerts and recorded more than 15 albums, not including this Reicha series.

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Quintet in A Major, opus 91, no. 5 
Mvmt 1  Mvmt 2  Mvmt 3  Mvmt 4    Quintet in C minor, opus 91, no. 6:  Mvmt 1  Mvmt 2  Mvmt 3  Mvmt 4


CD267:  Anton Reicha, Woodwind Quintets Volume 7:  opus 99, no.s 1 & 2.   Westwood Wind Quintet
 This is the third release in Crystal's exciting project of recording the complete 24 Reicha Woodwind Quintets.  UPC 00941472672-8   ORDER NOW

According to the American Record Guide, "Reicha's wind quintets...probably always will be regarded as the summit and foundation of the literature...The Westwoood Wind Quintet is known far and wide to lovers of this sort of music."  Gramophone Magazine has called the Westwood Wind Quintet a "magnificent American group" and the International Record Review said "The Westwood Wind Quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking."

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Reicha Quintet in C Major, opus 99, no.1  Mvt. 1    Mvt. 2   Mvt. 3   Mvt. 4    Quintet in F Minor, opus 99, no.2  Mvt. 1   Mvt. 2   Mvt. 3   Mvt. 4

 

CD268: Anton Reicha, Woodwind Quintets vol. 8: op. 99, nos. 3 & 4. Westwood Wind Quintet.

This is the 7th release in the on-going series of 12 CDs of the 24 woodwind quintets by Anton Reicha. (released July 2009) The Westwood Wind Quintet has completed the recordings of all 24 quintets; 22 are now available as shown on this page. Reicha (1770-1836) was one of the most respected composers of his time. He was a friend of Beethoven and Haydn, and was the teacher of Berlioz, Liszt, Gounod, and Franck. UPC 00941472682-7.     ORDER NOW    Click here for further information

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reicha Quintet in A Major, opus 99, no. 3  Mvt. 1: Lento; Allegro   Mvt. 2: Andante   Mvt. 3: Menuetto. Allegro   Mvt. 4: Finale. Allegro assai     Quintet in D Major, opus 99, no. 4  Mvt. 1: Andante; Allegro spirituoso   Mvt. 2: Poco lento   Mvt. 3: Menuetto. Scherzo   Mvt. 4. Finale. Allegro assai


CD269:  Anton Reicha, Woodwind Quintets Vol 9: opus 99, Nos. 5 & 6.  Westwood Wind Quintet

This is the fourth release in Crystal’s exciting project of recording the complete 24 Reicha Woodwind Quintets.  The Westwood Wind Quintet has now recorded all 24 of these,.   UPC 00941472692-6   ORDER NOW

“Reicha’s 24 wind quintets have been and probably always will be regarded as the summit and foundation of the literature.  The Westwood Wind Quintet is known far and wide to lovers of this sort of music.” American Record Guide

Fanfare has said of this series “only top-notch playing that can only be envied by lesser ensembles.” “The Westwood Wind Quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking. [It is] something to be cherished.” International Record Review
“Crystal Record’s devotion to Reicha’s woodwind quintets is estimable.  [These works] are big, sonorous and large-scale ones published in 1822 and fully deserving of reclamation in such expert hands as these.  The opening of Op.99 No.5 floats in with the most beautiful and well balanced Andante – a Siciliano of dappled loveliness.  The ensuing tumbling, flowing and exciting extroversion is the perfect riposte: an Allegro of ravenous yet decorous masculinity.  It shows how finely perched these works are between introspection and well-wrought, technically accomplished self-projection.  They’re also formally always of the highest interest, playing tricks with harmony, structure, form and keys so subtly that you would barely notice.  Reicha was a master of the form and wrote voraciously for woodwind quintet.  This series is shaping up to be a major contribution on record…big, symphonic quintets, cleanly delineated, finely played and bursting with classical ideas and expertise.”
MusicWeb International

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Reicha Quintet in C Major, opus 99, no.5  Mvt. 1(Andante/Allegro)   Mvt. 2(Andante)   Mvt. 3(Menuetto)   Mvt. 4(Finale)   Quintet in F Minor, opus 99, no.6  Mvt. 1(Andante/Allegro Poco Vivo)   Mvt. 2(Air En Fantaisie. Andante)   Mvt. 3(Menuetto)   Mvt. 4(Finale)

CD270: ANTON REICHA, WOODWIND QUINTETS vol. 10: op. 100, nos. 1 & 2. Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 00941472702-2. This is the 8th release in the on-going series of 12 CDs of the 24 woodwind quintets by Anton Reicha. The Westwood Wind Quintet has completed the recordings of all 24 quintets. Reicha (1770-1836) was one of the most respected composers of his time. He was a friend of Beethoven and Haydn, and was the teacher of Berlioz, Liszt, Gounod, and Franck.   ORDER NOW    Click here for further information

Reicha’s wind quintets…probably always will be regarded as the summit and foundation of the literature. The Westwood Wind Quintet is known far and wide to lovers of this sort of music.” American Record Guide

"Each [Reicha Woodwind Quintet] is a masterpiece of the highest order. Those who ignore this legacy are missing out not only on some terrific wind music but on some of the finest music ever penned. These pieces are symphonies in miniature, not only in complexity but also in length – 40 minutes is not unusual." (Ritter, Audiophile Audition)
                  “Glorious quintets...a constant freshness, a feeling of unquenchable invention..with radiant good humour…The Westwood Wind Quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking. International Record Review

"The [Westwood Wind Quintet] players seek, find, and reveal the numerous qualities that have kept this repertoire alive for almost two centuries."  Fanfare Magazine.

CD270 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to one minute of the movement shown.
Quintet in F, opus 100, no. 1   Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4     Quintet in D Minor, op 100, no.2  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4   (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)

 

CD271:  Reicha, Woodwind Quintets Vol 11: opus 100, nos. 3 & 4.  Westwood Wind Quintet.
This is the sixth release in Crystal Records' series of Anton Reicha's 24 woodwind quintets.  (released Sept. 2008)  UPC 00941472712-1 ORDER NOW    Click here for further information

TheWestwood Wind Quintet has now recorded all 24 of the 24 quintets. Eleven CDs with 12 of the quintets are now available.  The remainder will be released as production is completed, probably one CD every 3 or 4 months or so.   Click here for further information

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Reicha Quintet Opus 100, No. 3  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4    Opus 100, No. 4  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4

“It is seldom that one comes across a recording that with careful listening displays no major flaws, in performance or engineering. This is such a recording. The players understand the music, each other, their instruments, and how they fit into the mix. The result is simply beautiful ensemble playing.Pettway, The Flutist Quarterly

 “Each [Reicha Woodwind Quintet] is a masterpiece of the highest order. Those who ignore this legacy are missing out not only on some terrific wind music but on some of the finest music ever penned. These pieces are symphonies in miniature, not only in complexity but also in length – 40 minutes is not unusual.”  Ritter, Audiophile Audition.

“These are glorious quintets…a constant freshness, a feeling of unquenchable invention…with radiant good humour… The Westwood Wind Quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking. [It is] something to be cherished.”  International Record Review.

This recording displays once again that the Westwood Wind Quintet is one of the finest wind quintets in the world.”  Klimko, International Double Reed Society.

“The definitive recording of these wonderful pieces…wonderful sense of ensemble this recording displays…beautiful ensemble playing.” Petttway, The Flutist Quarterly

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Reicha Quintet Opus 100, No. 3  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4
    Opus 100, No. 4  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4

 CD272: Anton Reicha Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 12.  Opus 100, Nos. 5 & 6.  UPC 009414727220.     ORDER NOW  

This is the 11th release in the 12 volume set of the complete Reicha Woodwind Quintets. This volume has the last two of Reicha’s monumental 24 woodwind quintets. (there is still one volume to be released in the complete set on Crystal) They are symphonies in scope, “each one a masterpiece…those who ignore this legacy are missing out not only on some terrific wind music but on some of the finest music ever penned.” (Ritter, Audiophile Audition). This CD is just under 80 minutes long. Click here for further information.

The two quintets are mature works, with wonderful fugues and counterpoint, along with Reicha’s gorgeous melodies. Reicha was the teacher of Liszt, Berlioz, Adam, Gounod, and Franck, and was one of the most influential and respected composers of the period. “The Westwood Wind quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking” (Intl Rcd. Review)

About this CD272: “Fantastic playing by all 5 soloists! Virtuosic in the 2nd mvt. variations of the quintet no. 5. Beautiful phrasing, great music making. Calvin Smith his horn playing is smooth-beautiful and he is a one of a kind virtuoso. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VERY FINE  WESTWOOD WIND QUINTET.”  – Jose Zarzo, principal horn, Gran Canaria Philharmonic (Spain)

CD272 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown. (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)
Quintet in A Minor, opus 100, no. 5   Mvmt 1: Lento 
Mvmt 1: Allegro   Mvmt 2:  Andante (theme)  Variation 1 (horn)  Variation 2 (bassoon)  Variation 3 (oboe)  Variation 4 (clarinet)  Variation 5 (flute)   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4    Quintet in Bb Major, opus 100, no. 6   Mvmt 1: Poco adagio  Mvmt 1: Allegro   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4: Andante Mvmt 4: Allegro assai

 

CD353: Sextuor ą Vent. Harvey Pittel, Alto Saxophone; Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414735324. Darius Milhaud, Scaramouche for Saxophone and Woodwind Quintet; Bernhard Heiden, Intrada for Saxophone and Woodwind Quintet; Paul Hindemith, Concert Piece for Two Saxophones (with Sunil Gadgil, saxophone); Pierre Max Dubois, Sinfonia da Camera (for Saxophone and Woodwind Quintet); Jacques Ibert, Trois PiŹces BrŹves (first movement) – for Woodwind Quintet; J.S. Bach, Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier (arr. for Woodwind Trio); Rossini, Quartet no. 1 in F (first movement) – for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon; Paul De Wailly, Aubade for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet; Adrien Barthe, Passacaille for Woodwind Quintet; Malcolm Arnold, Divertimento for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet (first movement); Rimsky-Korsakov, Flight of the Bumble-Bee (arr. for Woodwind Quintet); Leo Sowerby, Pop Goes the Weasel (adapted by the Westwood Wind Quintet).   ORDER NOW       

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“Harvey Pittel [is a] master of his instrument…the most beautiful and pure tone I have ever heard from a saxophone.” New York Times
The Westwood Wind  Quintet is
“probably the best group of this kind anywhere.” New Orleans Courier
“Delightful music, winningly played” Fanfare Magazine

CD353 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.
Milhaud: Scaramouche  I: Vif    II: Modéré    III: Brazileira
    Heiden:  Intrada     Hindemith: Concert Piece for Two Saxophones  I: Lebhaft   II: Mässig langsam   III: Lebhaft     Dubois: Sinfonia da Camera  I: Entrée   II: Gigue en rondeau   III: Variations     Ibert:   Trois PiŹces BrŹves (first mvmt)     Bach/arr. Atkins:  Fugue     Rossini:  Quartet no.1 in F (first mvmt)     Wailly:  Aubade     Barthe:  Passacaille     Arnold:  Divertimento (first mvmt)      Rimsky-Korsakov:  Flight of the Bumble-Bee     Sowerby:  Pop Goes the Weasel   (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)

 

CD601:  NIELSEN, HINDEMITH, SCHULHOFF  The Westwood Wind Quintet.  Carl Nielsen, Quintet,  op. 43;  Paul Hindemith, Kleine Kammermusik für fünf Bläser, op.24, no. 2;  Erwin Schulhoff, Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet, & Bassoon.  UPC 00941476012-8 ORDER NOW
                  High Fidelity Magazine, speaking of this recording of Nielsen and Hindemith Quintets, wrote "Extraordinary tone quality. The Westwood performers manifest a technical finesse and a richness of tone that one would normally expect only from a solo concerto artist. I cannot imagine a better performance than the one given here by the Westwood Wind Quintet."

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Nielsen: Quintet Mvt 1 (Allegro Ben Moderato) Mvt 2(Menuet) Mvt 3 (Praeludium & Theme and Variations)
Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik Mvt 1 (Lustig, Massig schnelle Viertel) Mvt 2 (Walzer, Durchweg sehr leise) Mvt 3 (Ruhig und einfach.
Achtel) Mvt 4 (Schnelle Viertel) Mvt 5 (Sehr lebhaft)    Schulhoff: Divertissement Mvt 1 (Ouverture) Mvt 2 (Burlesca) Mvt 3 (Romanzero) Mvt 4
(Charleston) Mvt 5 (Tema con Variazioni e fugato) Mvt 6 (Florida) Mvt 7 (Rondino-Finale)

CD647:  VIOLA AND THE WINDS. James Dunham, Viola; Westwood Wind Quintet; Jack Sanders, Guitar.  Gustav Holst, Terzetto for Flute, Oboe, & Viola; Jerzy Sapieyevski, Concerto for Viola and Winds; Anthony Plog, Four Miniatures for Viola and Wind Quintet; Karl Kohn, Colla Voce for Viola and Guitar.    UPC 00941476472-0ORDER NOW
                  James Dunham was violist with the Grammy Award winning Cleveland Quartet. He presently teaches at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. The Westwood Wind Quintet,                 founded in 1959, has performed thousands of concerts and has been described as "probably the best group of this kind anywhere."   (New Orleans Courier)

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Sapieyevski: Concerto    Holst Terzetto:  Mvt 1(Allegretto)  Mvt 2(Un poco vivace)    Plog Miniatures:  Mvt 1(Pastoral)  Mvt 2(Toccata)  Mvt 3(Chorale)  Mvt 4(Allegro)    Kohn: Colla Voce

CD750:  WESTWOOD WIND QUINTET.  Samuel Barber:  Summer Music;   Gyorgi Ligeti:  Six Bagatelles;   William Mathias:  Quintet;   Mark Carlson:  Nightwings (tape & woodwind quintet).   "Magnificent American group.  Superlative playing...a recording which, equally good in tone-quality, balance and clarity, can also be described as superlative."  Gramophone Magazine (London)   UPC 00941477502-3 ORDER NOW


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Ligeti Bagatelles:   Allegro   Rubato   Allegro   Presto   Adagio   Molto Vivace    Barber: Summer Music    Mathias: Quintet  Mvt 1(Intro and March)  Mvt 2(Waltz)  Mvt 3(Scherzo)  Mvt 4(Elegy)  Mvt 5(Recitative and Dance)    Carlson: Nightwings

 


CD751:  WESTWOOD WIND QUINTET.  Ingolf Dahl, Allegro and Arioso; Karel Husa, Serenade for Piano and Wind Quintet; Jerzy Sapieyevski, Arioso for Trumpet and Wind Quintet; Louis Moyse, Quintet.  With Lisa Bergman, piano; Richard Pressley, trumpet.  "..an accumulation of instrumental polish & important repertory over a long period has resulted in a treasurable sense of ensemble and musical solidity."   Los Angeles Times   "As usual, the Westwood Wind Quintet plays with spirit, finesse, polish, and magnificent articulation. Very fine recording."  Fanfare.  UPC 00941477512-2ORDER NOW

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Dahl: Allegro and Arioso    Husa Serenade:  Mvt 1(La Montagne)   Mvt 2(La Nuit)   Mvt 3(La Danse)    Sapieyevski: Arioso    Moyse:  Quintet  Mvt 1(Allegro)   Mvt 2(Poco Lento)   Mvt 3(Presto)   Mvt 4(Allegro molto vivo)

CD752:  WESTWOOD WIND QUINTET.  Bergsma, Concerto for Wind Quintet; Rochberg, To the Dark Wood; Carter, Woodwind Quintet 1948; Biggs, Scherzo; Plog, Animal Ditties; Schuller, Suite; Schuman, Dances for Woodwind Quintet and Percussion with Matthew Kocmieroski, percussion.   "A feast of ...virtuoso music for winds. Performances are excellent."  In-Tune Magazine. "A superb performing group; first-rate in every way."   Washington D.C. Sunday Star   UPC 00941477522-1 ORDER NOW

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Bergsma Concerto:  Mvt 1(Allegro)  Mvt 2(Andante)  Mvt 3(Allegro assai)    Rochberg:  To the Dark Wood    Carter Quintet: Mvt 1(Allegretto)  Mvt 2   Niggs: Scherzo    Plog: Animal Ditties  Mvt 1(Osterich)  Mvt 2(Guppies)  Mvt 3(Canary)   Mvt 4(Kangaroo)  Mvt 5(Fly)    Schuller: Suite  Prelude  Blues  Toccata    Schuman:  Dances


CD759: RAINBOW SUNDAE. Westwood Wind Quintet. Trios, Quartets, and Quintet. UPC 009414775924.   ORDER NOW     

Nikolai Tschemberdschi, Concertino for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Joao Guilherme Ripper, Wind Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Arthur Berger, Quartet forFlute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Walter Piston, Three Pieces for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Walter Hartley, Woodwind Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Martin Scot Kosins, Rainbow Sundae for Woodwind Quintet.

      This CD features some of the most interesting and appealing music for woodwinds from the 20th century. Incorporating different styles, the six works are marvels of woodwind writing. The Tschemberdschi piece is little known but is a wonderful example of Russian composition from the mid-20th century. There is nothing else quite like it for woodwinds. South American beauty and rhythms permeate Ripper’s delightful Trio, and Berger’s Quartet was called “one of the most satisfacotry pieces for winds in the whole modern repertory” by Virgil Thomson. Walter Piston’s Three Pieces is a wonderful trio that deserves more hearings. Walter Hartley is well-known for his marvelous writing for winds. Martin Scot Kosins’ Rainbow Sundae is a very listenable work in the style of his other pieces, some of which have become favorites on Crystal.
      The Westwood Wind Quintet, now in its 54th year, is possibly the most-esteemed wind quintet in the world. Having just released the well-received 12-CD set of the complete 24 Quintets by Anton Reicha, the group has garnered rave reviews from critics and the public for its more than 27 albums, starting with the ground-breaking recording of the Schönberg Wind Quintet on Columbia Records (now Sony), through the Nielsen, Hindemith, Barber, Dahl, etc., Quintets, and now this Rainbow Sundae.

CD759 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.(to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)
Tschemberdschi  Concertino: Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV    Ripper  Wind Trio: Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III    Berger  Quartet in C Major: Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III    Piston  Three Pieces: Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III    Hartley  Woodwind Quartet:  Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV   Mvmt V    Kosins  Rainbow Sundaes: Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV   Mvmt V

 

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