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 55 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.

    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 and Berio: John Barcellona, Flute; Peter Christ, Oboe; David Atkins, Clarinet; Kenneth Meyer, Bassoon; Calvin Smith, Horn.

Other works: Gretel Shanley, Flute; Peter Christ, Oboe; David Atkins, Clarinet; Robert Henderson, Horn; Kay Brightman, Bassoon.

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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

 

 

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 CD261: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 1, Opus 88, Nos. 1 & 2. Westwood Wind Quintet  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).

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.”
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Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; Eugene Zoro, clarinet; Calvin Smith, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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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, Opus 88, Nos. 3 & 4. Performed by the  Westwood Wind Quintet

This is the tenth CD in the 12-CD series of the 24 Woodwind Quintets of Anton Reicha. These quintets continue to garner the highest praise from musicians and critics. 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
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Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; William Helmers, clarinet; Calvin Smith, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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 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, Opus 88, Nos. 5 & 6. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. This was the 9th CD released in the 12-CD series of the 24 complete woodwind quintets by Anton Reicha.

“...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 Westwood 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)

“...probably the best group of this kind anywhere.” New Orleans Courier
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Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; Richard Spece, clarinet; Charles Kavalovski, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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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)

 

CD264: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 4, Opus 91, Nos. 1 & 2. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet.
This was the fifth release in Crystal Records' series of Anton Reicha's 24 woodwind quintets. "Reicha...infused content of superb musical worth. 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 in length – 40 minutes is not unusual. If you are collecting this series, you can certainly continue with confidence, and all others would do well to dip their hands into Reicha's clean waters."  Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition  UPC 009414726421  ORDER NOW

Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; Eugene Zoro, clarinet; Charles Kavalovski, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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Quintet in C Major, opus 91, no. 1: Allegro moderato/Andante/Tempo primo   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. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. "Westwood's members succeed in capturing the unique qualities of Reicha's quintets and do so in a manner that indicates their admiration and respect for the repertoire. The players seek, find, and reveal the numerous qualities that have kept this repertoire alive for almost two centuries."  Carter, Fanfare Magazine UPC 009414726520  ORDER NOW

Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; Eugene Zoro, clarinet; Charles Kavalovski, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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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. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. "The performances radiate affection for the music and technical virtuosity. This delightful disc rates a high recommendation."  Story, Fanfare Magazine  UPC 009414726629  ORDER NOW

Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; Eugene Zoro, clarinet; Jack Herrick, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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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, Vol. 7, Opus 99, Nos. 1 & 2. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet.
This was the third release in Crystal's exciting project of recording the complete 24 Reicha Woodwind Quintets. "...both the ear and intellect are gratified by these quintets. The performances are worthy of the Westwood Wind Quintet's reputation."
Raymond Tuttle, International Record Review
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Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; Eugene Zoro, clarinet; Charles Kavalovski, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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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.  Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet

This was 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. 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 009414726827    ORDER NOW  

Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; Richard Spece, clarinet; Charles Kavalovski, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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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. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet.
This was the fourth release of Reicha quintets. "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."
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Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; Dileep Gangolli, clarinet; Charles Kavalovski, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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Quintet 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, Opus 100, Nos. 1 & 2.  Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet.
This was the eighth release in Crystal Records' series of Anton Reicha's 24 woodwind quintets. (Released November 2009.)
UPC 009414727121
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Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; Dileep Gangolli, clarinet; Charles Kavalovski, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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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: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets,Vol. 11, Opus 100, Nos. 3 & 4.  Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet.
This was the sixth release in Crystal Records' series of Anton Reicha's 24 woodwind quintets. (Released Sept. 2008.)

The Westwood Wind Quintet has now recorded all 24 of the 24 quintets.

“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.” The Flutist Quarterly (Pettway) UPC 009414727121 ORDER NOW

Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; William Helmers, clarinet; Calvin Smith, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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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. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet.

This was the 11th release in the 12 volume set of Reicha Woodwind Quintets (released October 2011). This volume has the last two of Reicha’s monumental 24 woodwind quintets. 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.

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 Record Review. About a previous volume (CD271) 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.”

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)

The Horn Call (Eldon Matlock, reviewer) said “The soloists of the Westwood Quintet are magnificent performers, and it is a joy to hear such a long-standing ensemble present these marvelous works.”
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Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; William Helmers, clarinet; Calvin Smith, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon.

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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. 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).
"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."
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Westwood Wind Quintet: Gretel Shanley, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; David Atkins, clarinet; Calvin Smith, horn; Kenneth Munday, bassoon.

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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.

 

Westwood Wind Quintet: Gretel Shanley, Flute; Peter Christ, Oboe; David Atkins, Clarinet; Allen Guse, Horn; David Breidenthal, Bassoon.
 
            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.
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 UPC 009414764720   ORDER NOW    Click Here for CD cover photo and details.

Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; David Atkins, clarinet; Calvin Smith, horn; Kenneth Meyer, bassoon.

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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 009414775023 ORDER NOW

Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; David Atkins, clarinet; Kenneth Meyer, bassoon; Calvin Smith, horn.


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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. "..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 009414775122ORDER NOW

Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; David Atkins, clarinet, David Muller, bassoon; Joseph Meyer, horn. With Lisa Bergman, piano; Richard Pressley, trumpet.

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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 009414775221 ORDER NOW

Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; David Muller, bassoon; David Atkins, clarinet; Joseph Meyer, horn.

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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. 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 55th 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.
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Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; William Helmers, clarinet; Patricia Nelson, bassoon; John Cox, horn.

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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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