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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    Click here for cover photo and details

 

    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.
    The Westwood Wind Quintet (of Los Angeles) was founded in 1959 and performed actively for close to 40 years, during which time it gave over 3000 concerts and recorded more than 15 albums. This CD is made from recordings in 1971 and 1981. 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."

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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

 

CD251: Danzi and Taffanel. Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet. UPC 009414725127. ORDER NOW

Franz Danzi, Quintets in F Major, op. 68, no. 2; and D Minor, op. 68, no. 3. Paul Taffanel, Wind Quintet in G Minor. The two Danzi Quintets presented here were likely the last two of his nine woodwind quintets. They and the Taffanel Quintet are superb examples of woodwind writing in the early and late 19th century.

Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet was active as a concert and recording ensemble from 1961 through 2001. The group was formed when Pablo Casals asked the players to become the woodwind faculty of his newly founded Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. For many years Soni Ventorum was the woodwind and horn faculty at the University of Washington. Members on this recording are Felix Skowronek, flute; Laila Storch, oboe; William McColl, clarinet; Arthur Grossman, bassoon; and Christopher Leuba, horn.

CD251 Sound samples (mp3 files)  Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.
Danzi: Quintet in F  
Mvmt 1   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV    Quintet in D Minor   Mvmt  I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV    Taffanel :Quintet in G Minor   Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III  (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your birowser back button)

 

NEW! 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 US$7 Canadian shipping, or US$10 other countries)    ORDER NOW

Individual CDs are $16.95 each and are listed below.   Click here for further information about Reicha and the Westwood Wind Quintet.

“Each Reicha Quintet is a masterpiece of the highest order.”  (Audiophile Audition)

“The Westwood Wind Quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking”  (International Record Review)

 

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)

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: opus 88, nos. 5 & 6. Performed by the 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 (released May 2010).  All 24 have now been recorded.

“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

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)


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. “Some of the finest music ever penned” (Audiophile Audition)  UPC 00941472642-1 ORDER NOW    Click here for cover photo and details (and more reviews)

 

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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.  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    Click here for cover photo and details

    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    Click here for cover photo and details

The Westwood Wind Quintet, extablished in 1959, has performed over 2000 concerts and recorded more than 15 albums, not including this Reicha series.  The group was called "a complete and completely satisfying musical experience" by Robert Shaw, legendary conductor.

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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.   Westwood Wind Quintet
 This is the third release in Crystal’s exciting project of recording the complete 24 Reicha Woodwind Quintets.  UPC 00941472672-8
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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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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

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 and Crystal Records will be releasing the rest of them as production is completed. 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 cover photo and details

TheWestwood Wind Quintet has now recorded all 24 of the 24 quintets. Six 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

CD269: 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.  UPC 00941472692-6   ORDER NOW    Click here for cover photo and details

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

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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: Reicha Woodwind Quintets Vol 10: opus 100, nos. 1 & 2. Westwood Wind Quintet.
This is the eight release in Crystal Records’ series of Anton Reicha’s 24 woodwind quintets. (released Nov. 2009) UPC 00941472702-2  ORDER NOW    Click here for further information


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

 “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.Flutist Quarterly (Pettway)

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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.  Westwood Wind Quintet.    ORDER NOW  

This is the eleventh release in the Westwood Wind Quintet 12 volume series 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 à 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 Pièces Brèves (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 Pièces Brèves (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)

 

CD354: WEISS FAMILY WOODWINDS, Then and Now.  Dawn Weiss, Flute; David Weiss, Oboe; Abraham Weiss, Bassoon. with Zita Carno, Piano.    UPC 009414735423. .   ORDER NOW  

 Vivaldi, Sonata in G Minor (flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord); Messiaen, Le Merle Noir (flute, piano); Bourdeau, Premier Solo (bassoon, piano); Hindemith, Sonata (oboe, piano); Tomas Svoboda, Trio (flute, oboe, bassoon); Worthey, Sandcastles (flute, oboe, bassoon).

Dawn Weiss was principal flute 25 years Oregon Symphony; David Weiss was principal oboe 30 years Los Angeles Philharmonic; Abraham Weiss is principal bassoon Rochester Philharmonic (40 years).  The Svoboda and Worthey pieces were recorded live at their world premieres on April 3, 2010 at the Unigersity of Southern California. The other pieces were originally on Crystal Records LP S354, released in 1978, and digitally remastered for this CD in 2010

CD354 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.
Vivaldi: Sonata in G Minor  Allegro ma cantabile   Largo   Allegro molto   
Messiaen: La Merle Noir    Bourdeau: Premier Solo    Hindemith: Sonata  Munter   Sehr Langsam; Lebhaft    Svoboda: Trio  Andante   Vivace   Lento   Vivace   Andante maestoso    Worthey: Sandcastles    (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)

CD356: TOUR DE FRANCE. Webster Trio  -  Leone Buyse, Flute; Michael Webster, Clarinet; Katherine Collier, Piano.  Gabriel Faure, Dolly Suite (flute, clarinet, and piano; trans. Webster); Faure, Morceau de concours (flute and piano; arr. Hulme-Brieff); Saint-Saëns, Tarantella, op. 6, (flute, clarinet, and piano); Debussy, Petite Piece & Premiere Rhapsodie (clarinet and piano); Syrinx (solo flute); Prelude à l'apres-midi d'un faune, (flute, clarinet and piano; trans Webster); Georges Bizet, Jeux d'enfants, (flute/piccolo, clarinet, and piano; trans Webster.  UPC 00941473562-1 ORDER NOW     Click here for cover photo and details

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Faure Dolly Ste.:  Mvt 1 (Berceuse)   Mvt 2 (Mi-a-ou)   Mvt 3 (Le jardin)   Mvt 4 (Kitty Valse)   Mvt 5 (Tendresse)    Mvt 6(Spanish Dance)    Faure: Morceau de concours    Saint- Saëns: Tarantella    Debussy: Petit Piece    Premiere Rhapsodie    Syrinx    Prelude à l’apres-midi d’un faune    Bizet: Jeux d’enfants  The Swing   The Top   The Doll   Merry-Go -Round    Shuttlecock    Trumpet and Drum   Soap Bubbles   Puss in the Corner   Blindman's Bluff   Leapfrog   Little Husband, Little Wife   The Ball

CD357: WORLD WIDE WEBSTER.  The Webster Trio (Leone Buyse, Flute; Michael Webster, Clarinet; Robert Moeling, Piano).  Antonin Dvorak, Slavonic Dances;  Claude Debussy, Petite Suite; Johannes Brahms, Hungarian Dances; Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Four Pieces (La Jota Aragonesa, Souvenir de la Havane, Souvenir de Cuba, Grande Tarantelle).  UPC 0941473572-0 ORDER NOW    Click here for cover photo and details

Leone Buyse is former principal flutist with the Boston Symphony. Michael Webster is former principal clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.  Robert Moeling is an international soloist and chamber musician. They are now based at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. The works are superb, exciting transcriptions by Michael Webster from four-hand piano literature.  "World Wide Webster is a fine new offering...These three musicians play as one, and their sense of ensemble and creative interpretations define the essence of chamber music."  Flute Talk

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Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dances  Presto  (op.46,no.8)  Moderato (op.72,no.14)  Poco adagio (op.72,no.13)  Allegretto grazioso (op.72,no.12)  Poco allegro  (op.46,no.6)  Claude Debussy: Petite Suite En bateau Cortege   Menuet   Ballet   Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances  No. 6  (Vivace)  No.16 (Con moto)  No.14 (Un poco andante)  No.13  (Andanta grazioso)  No.5  (Allegro)  No.7  (Allegretto)  No.21  (Vivace)  Louis Moreau Gottschalk: La Jota Aragonesa  Souvenir de la Havane  Souvenir de Cuba  Grande Tarantelle

CD358: PAS DE TROIS.  Kenneth Tse, Saxophone, Benjamin Coelho, Bassoon, Alan Huckleberry, Piano.  Bernard Van Beurden: Pas de trois; Jindrich Feld: Trio Giocoso; David Froom: Arirang Variations; Perry Goldstein: Noir; Don Freund: Louder than Words
UPC 00941473582-9    ORDER NOW     Click here for cover photo and details

Saxophone, Bassoon, and Piano is an unusual combination that creates an exciting and vibrant sound.  The works on this CD represent some of the finest writing for this combination, and the performers are three of the best practioners of their art.  They are on the faculty at the University of Iowa and perform internationally.

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Van Beurden: Pas de trois: 
Ouverture   Pastorale   Tarantella   Feld: Trio Giocoso:  Allegro   Andante   Allegro vivo    Froom:  Arirang Variations    Goldstein:  Noir    Freund:  Louder than Words:  Part I   Part II

 

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    Click here for cover photo and details
 One of America’s premiere woodwind quintets, the WWQ was established in 1966 and has since performed over 2000 concerts.  High Fidelity Magazine, speaking of this recording of Nielsen and Hindemith Quintets, wrote "Extraordinarytone 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    Click here for cover photo and details

 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    Click here for cover photo and details


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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    Click here for cover photo and details

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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    Click here for cover photo and details

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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   Biggs: 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

CD753: WIND CHAMBER MUSIC OF THEODOR BLUMER: Quintett, Op. 52; Sextett (Originalthema mit Veränderungen), Op. 45; Tanz-Suite, Op. 53.  Moran Woodwind Quintet.   "I found this disc quite refreshing and enlightening. [Blumer's] lush, late romantic style reminds me of Richard Strauss."  American Record Guide.  UPC 00941477532-0 ORDER NOW    Click here for cover photo and details

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Quintett Op. 52:  Mvt 1(Sehr frisch)  Mvt 2(Romanze)   Mvt 3(Leicht fliebend)   Mvt 4(Finale)   Sextett: Mvt 1(Thema)  Mvt 2(Improvisation)   Mvt 3(Capriccio)   Mvt 4(Pastorale)   Mvt 5(Slavischer Tanz)   Mvt 6(Romance)   Mvt 7(Humoreske)   Mvt 8(Finale)    Tanz Suite: Mvt 1(Rigaudon)   Mvt 2(Sarabande)   Mvt 3(Menuett)   Mvt 4(Ungarischer Tanz)   Mvt 5(Valse Boston)   Mvt 6(One Step)

CD754: POSTCARDS FROM THE CENTER.Moran Woodwind Quintet. Katherine Ann Murdock, Postcards from the Center; Bernhard Heiden, Woodwind Quintet; Peter Lieuwen, Savannah; Jennifer Higdon, Autumn Music. The Moran Quintet is in residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. UPC 00941477542-9 ORDER NOW     Click here for cover photo and details

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Lieuwen: Savannah   Murdock Postcards: Mvt 1(Prairie Sentinal)  Mvt 2(Interstate 70)  Mvt 3(Kansas Winter)   Mvt 4(Punching Cattle)  Mvt 5(Fireworks)    Higdon: Autumn Music    Heiden: Quintet  Mvt 1(Variations)  Mvt 2(Capriccio)  Mvt 3(Intermezzo)  Mvt 4(Finale)

CD755: WOODWIND MUSIC BY THEODOR BLUMER. Performed by the Moran Woodwind Quintet. Theodor Blumer's Schweizer Quintett; Kinderspielzeug, op. 64; and Sextett, op. 92, with pianist Paul Barnes.  Theodor Blumer (1881-1964) writes in a Romantic style. He is a German composer who lived most of his life in Dresden, Leipzig, and Berlin. The music is extremely attractive and recently has drawn much interest to American audiences.  UPC 0094147552-8 ORDER NOW     Click here for cover photo and details

The Moran Woodwind Quintet is in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music. This is the group's third CD on the Crystal label.  "Once again the Moran woodwind Quintet...splendidly brings these substantial works into our ears, with brilliance, effervescence and sophistication.", The Clarinet, June 2005.  "The Moran Woodwind Quintet...play Blumer's music with superb attention to phrasing and ensemble finesse.  The performances overflow with purposeful expressivity.", Gramophone.

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Schweizer Quintett: Mvt 1 (Prelude)   Mvt 2 (Gavotte)   Mvt 3 (Arietta)   Mvt 4 (Introduktion)   Mvt 5 (Thema) Variation 1   Variation 2   Variation 3   Variation 4   Variation 5   Variation 6   Variation 7    Kinderspielzeug:  Mvt 1 (Ball) Mvt 2 (Teddybar) Mvt 3  (Puppe) Mvt 4  (Aufmarsch der Puppen) Mvt 5 (Alte Spieluhr) Mvt 6 (Schlitten)    Sextett:  Mvt 1 (Allegro ma no troppo) Mvt 2 (Scherzo: Presto)  Mvt 3 (Andante sostenuto) Mvt 4 (Rondo, Molto vivace)

CD756: CAMERATA WOODWIND QUINTET.  Jacques Hetú: Quintette, opus 13; Anthony Iannaccone: Woodwind Quintet No. 2, Scenes after Hart Crane; John Steinmetz: Quintet.  UPC 00941477562-7 ORDER NOW    Click here for cover photo and details

Stellar new works for woodwind quintet, which may come to be regarded as masterworks for the genre, performed by the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, ensemble-in-residence at Western Illinois University since 1966.
  The group regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, presenting commissioned works as well as traditional repertoire.

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H_(c)tu: Quintette, opus 13   Mvmt 1  Mvmt 2  Mvmt 3  Mvmt 4     Iannaccone: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 The Bridge   The Harbor   Dawn   Atlantis     Steinmetz: Quintet  Prelude   Mvmt 1   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4   Mvmt 5   Mvmt 6


CD757: THEODOR BLUMER Woodwind Music, Vol. 3.  John Bailey, Flute, Mark Clinton, Piano, Moran Woodwind Quintet.  Serenade and Theme and Variations, op. 34 for Woodwind Quintet.  Ten Waltzes (Hausmusik), op. 56 for Flute and Piano.  From the Animal Kingdom, op. 57a for Flute and Piano.  From the Plant World, op. 57b for Flute and Piano.  UPC 00941477572-6    ORDER NOW    Click here for cover photo and details

Theodor Blumer (1881-1964) was director and principal conductor of the Dresden Radio Orchestra and the Middle German Radio Orchestra in Leipzig.  “Blumer’s lush, late-romantic style reminds me of Richard Strauss. [His music] is refreshing and enlightening.” American Radio Guide

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Serenade   Theme and Variations  Waltz 1  Waltz 2  Waltz 3  Waltz 4  Waltz 5  Waltz 6  Waltz 7  Waltz 8  Waltz 9  Waltz 10    From the Animal World:  Mvt 1  Mvt 2  Mvt 3  Mvt 4  Mvt 5  Mvt 6      From the Plant World:   Mvt 1  Mvt 2  Mvt 3  Mvt 4  Mvt 5  Mvt 6


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.

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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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C250:  WESTWOOD WIND QUINTET.    August Klughardt:  Quintet;   Luciano Berio:  Opus No. Zoo;   William Mathias:  Quintet.  "Highly recommended",      San Francisco Examiner.    009414725042  Cassette SOLD OUT see CD250

C253:  SONI VENTORUM  WIND QUINTET.   Woodwind Quintets by Paul Taffanel, Jean Martinon, Claude Arrieu.   009414725349 Cassette ORDER NOW

C354:  WEISS FAMILY WOODWINDS.  David Weiss, oboe; Dawn Weiss, flute; Abraham Weiss, bassoon.  Vivaldi: Trio Sonata;  Messiaen: Le Merle Noir;  Bourdeau: Premier Solo;  Hindemith: Oboe Sonata.   009414735447  Cassette ORDER NOW

C646:  MOZART SERENADE K361 for 12 Winds & Contrabass.     Toronto Chamber Winds, Winston Webber conducting.   009414764645 Cassette SOLD OUT

C647:  JAMES DUNHAM,  VIOLA,  &  WESTWOOD WIND QUINTET.  Gustav Holst:  Terzetto for Flute, Oboe, & Viola;   Jerzy Sap-ieyevski:  Concerto for Viola & Winds;   Anthony Plog:  Four Miniatures for Viola & Wind Quintet. 009414764744 Cassette SOLD OUT see CD647

C649:  BURIED TREASURES ENSEMBLE:   Adrienne Tworek-Gryta, soprano;  Ronald Richards, oboe/English horn;  Darlene Jussila, bassoon;  Carlo Pinto, piano.  music by Fortunati, Brod, Lalliet, Pinto.    009414764942  Cassette ORDER NOW

C750:  WESTWOOD WIND QUINTET.  SAMUEL BARBER: Summer Music;  GYORGI LIGETI: Six Bagatelles;  MARK CARLSON: Nightwings for Tape & Woodwind Quintet.     009414775047 Cassette  SOLD OUT see CD750


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