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CD250-scan-for-iTunesCD250: 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.
    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.”
UPC 009414725028
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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

 

CD251-scan-for-iTunesCD251: DANZI AND TAFFANEL, Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet. 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. UPC 009414725127   BUY NOW

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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)

EXTRA SPECIAL Limited time: 12-CD SET OF ALL 24 REICHA WOODWIND QUINTETS, OVER 13 HOURS OF GORGEOUS MUSIC, in an attractive box set, ONLY $128.  (U.S. media mail shipping is FREE, or $7 Canadian shipping, or $14 other countries) Reicha Box Set CD260  BUY NOW   To order individual CDs in the set, see CD261-CD272 below.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the 12-CD set of Reicha CDs is already discounted below cost and is sold as a set, we cannot give a further discount of 4 for 3 for the CDs in that set. Thank you for your understanding.

            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 Reicha-box-7579-for-webalways 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.”

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 CD261-scan-for-iTunesCD261: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 1, Opus 88, Nos. 1 & 2. Westwood Wind Quintet UPC 009414726124    BUY 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). 

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.”  

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

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-scan-for-iTunesCD262: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 2, Opus 88, Nos. 3 & 4. Performed by the  Westwood Wind Quintet.  UPC 009414726223    BUY NOW   

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
 

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-scan-for-iTunesCD263: 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. UPC 009414726322.    BUY NOW  

Ү..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.Ӽ/i>  Audiophile Audition (Ritter)

Ҕhe players seek, find, and reveal the numerous qualities that have kept Reichaճ Quintets alive for almost two centuries...performances radiate affection for the music and technical virtuosity. Exceptional recordings.Ӽ/i>  Fanfare.

҉the Westwood Wind Quintet is one of the finest wind quintets in the world. Their ensemble is wonderfully precise, clear and always excitingɷhen they play, the music truly comes alive.Ӽ/i>  International Double Reed Society Journal (Klimko)

Ү..probably the best group of this kind anywhere.Ӽ/i> New Orleans Courier
 

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

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-scan-for-iTunesCD264: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 4, Opus 91, Nos. 1 & 2. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414726421     BUY NOW


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 

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-scan-for-iTunesCD265: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 5, Opus 91, Nos. 3 & 4. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414726520  BUY NOW

"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 

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

“Both the quality of composition and the playing of the recording are of a high quality and I recommend it as a good example of Reicha’s quintets.” Australian Clarinet and Saxophone (Melissa Carter)

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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-scan-for-iTunes CD266: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets,Vol. 6, Opus 91, Nos. 5 & 6. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414726629  BUY NOW


"The performances radiate affection for the music and technical virtuosity. This delightful disc rates a high recommendation."  Story, Fanfare Magazine 
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-scan-for-iTunesCD267: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 7, Opus 99, Nos. 1 & 2. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414726728     BUY NOW


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 


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

“The Westwood Wind Quintet performs these works with real integrity and the approach is serious but never dour. The ensemble sound is excellent, well balanced, warm and round and with a clear understanding of the music of Reicha.” Australian Clarinet and Saxophone (Brian Catchlove)

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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 scan for iTunesCD268: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 8, Op. 99, Nos. 3 & 4.  Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414726827     BUY NOW   

This was the 7th release (released July 2009) in the 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. 

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-scan-for-iTunesCD269: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 9, Opus 99, Nos. 5 & 6. Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414726926     BUY NOW


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." MusicWeb International 

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-scanCD270: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets,Vol. 10, Opus 100, Nos. 1 & 2.  Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414727022    BUY NOW


This was the eighth release in Crystal Records' series of Anton Reicha's 24 woodwind quintets. (Released November 2009.)
 

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 scanCD271: ANTON REICHA Woodwind Quintets,Vol. 11, Opus 100, Nos. 3 & 4.  Performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. UPC 009414727121    BUY NOW

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) 
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. UPC 009414727220    BUY NOW   

“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.”  

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-scan-for iTunesCD353: Sextuor à 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 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).
"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 UPC 009414735324
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Westwood Wind Quintet: Gretel Shanley, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; David Atkins, clarinet; Calvin Smith, horn; and 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 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-scan-for-iTunesCD354: THEN AND NOW, Weiss Family Woodwinds. Dawn Weiss, Flute; David Weiss, Oboe; Abraham Weiss, Bassoon. With Zita Carno, Piano. 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 for years with the Oregon Symphony. David Weiss was principal oboe for 30 years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Abraham Weiss is principal bassoon with the Rochester Philharmonic (40 years). The Svoboda and Worthey pieces were recorded live at their world premieres on April 3, 2010 at the University of Southern California. The other pieces were originally on Crystal Records LP S354, released in 1978, and digitally remastered for this CD in 2010. UPC 009414735423    BUY NOW  

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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 scan EpsonCD356: 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), and 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 009414735621    BUY 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 coverCD357: 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). 

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 "Performances here are excellent, with a seamless match between the two winds, and a coherent blend with Robert Moeling's buoyant piano textures. Recordings are very fine, and give a notably clear reproduction of Leone Buyse's distinctive, clear and, well, fluting tone..." Paul Ingram, Fanfare. UPC 09414735720    BUY NOW

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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 scan for webCD358: 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.

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 practitioners of their art.

Kenneth Tse "plays with seductive tonal beauty" (American Record Guide) and is "a brilliant saxophonist...worthy of any stage in the world." (Eugene Rousseau). Benjamin Coelho's "playing is unfailingly sonorous, expressive and alert." (Gramophone) Alan Huckleberry has "technical mastery and interpretive panache." (Fanfare)  The three musicians are on the faculty at the University of Iowa and perform internationally. UPC 009414735829   BUY NOW

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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 coverCD601: 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." UPC 009414760128
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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-scan-for-iTunesCD647: 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    BUY 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


009414771728CD717 – AMERICAN WEBSTER. Libby Larsen, Barn Dances; Robert Sirota, Birds of Paradise; Anthony Brandt, Round Top Trio; Richard Toensing, Children of Light; Paul Schoenfeld, Sonatina. UPC 009414771728   BUY NOW    

Leone Buyse Flute; Michael Webster, Clarinet; Robert Moeling, Piano. Click here for CD cover photo and Webster Trio details.

Libby Larsen is one of America’s most performed living composers, having created a catalog of over 500 works. She was a Grammy Award winner and has established a permanent place for her works in concert repertory. Similarly the other composers are recognized as tops in their field. These are premiere recordings of works written and/or premiered by the Webster Trio.

The Webster Trio is in-residence at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Leone Buyse was previously principal flute with the Boston Symphony and Michael Webster was principal clarinet with the San Francisco Symphony. Robert Moeling is an acclaimed chamber pianist and soloist. These are premiere recordings of works most of which were written for the Webster Trio.

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Larsen: Barn Dances  I. Forward Six and Fall Back Eight   II. Divide the Ring   III. Varsouvianna   IV. Rattleshake Twist    Sirota: Birds of Paradise    Brandt:  Round Top Trio    Toensing: Children of Light  I. Dawn Processional   II. Song of the Morning Stars   III. The Robe of Light   IV. Silver Lightning, Golden Rain   V. Phos Hilarioin    Schoenfeld:  Sonatina  I. Charleston   II. Rag   III. Jig

 

CD750 coverCD750: 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    BUY 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 coverCD751: 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. Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; David Atkins, clarinet, David Muller, bassoon; and Joseph Meyer, horn. 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 009414775122   BUY 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 coverCD752: 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. Westwood Wind Quintet: John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; David Muller, bassoon; David Atkins, clarinet; and Joseph Meyer, horn.“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    BUY 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

 

CD753 scanCD753: WIND CHAMBER MUSIC OF THEODOR BLUMER. Quintett, Op. 52; Sextett (Originalthema mit Veränderungen), Op. 45; Tanz-Suite, Op. 53. Moran Woodwind Quintet: John Bailey, flute; William McMullen, oboe: Eric Ginsberg, clarinet; Gary Echols, bassoon; and Allen French, horn. With Shirley Irek, piano. “I found this disc quite refreshing and enlightening. [Blumer's] lush, late romantic style reminds me of Richard Strauss.” American Record Guide.  UPC 009414775320    BUY 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 coverCD754: 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 009414775429    BUY NOW

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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 cover
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. "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. UPC 00941475528  BUY NOW

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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 scan Canon.jpgCD756: CAMERATA WOODWIND QUINTET.  Jacques Hetú: Quintette, opus 13; Anthony Iannaccone: Woodwind Quintet No. 2, Scenes after Hart Crane; John Steinmetz: Quintet. 
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. UPC 009414775627    BUY NOW    Click here for cover photo and details

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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-scan-for-iTunes.tifCD757: 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. 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.   UPC 009414775724    BUY NOW

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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

CD758: ALEC WILDER Woodwind Quintets 5, 7, 8, 10, & 12. Solaris Woodwind Quintet.  UPC 009414775825.    BUY NOW     

Alec Wilder (1907-1980) had a reputation in many genres of music. He first made a name as a composer of popular song. His classical works were performed often, and he even had a recording with Frank Sinatra conducting. The Solaris Wind Quintet , since its formation in 1976 as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Akron, has established a reputation as one of the foremost woodwind quintets in the world, with tours throughout the United States and in Italy, Brazil, and Sweden.

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Quintet No. 5  
Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4    Quintet No. 10  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4    Quintet No. 12  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4   Mvmt 5    Quintet No. 8  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4    Quintet No. 7  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4

 

CD759-scan-for-iTunesCD759: 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 for Flute, 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. UPC 009414775924. BUY NOW    

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

CD790 1400 pixelsCD790 – FATE & FIRE: Alvin Etler, Woodwind Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Dan Welcher, Woodwind Quintet No. 2; Dan Welcher, The Moerae, for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano. Westwood Wind Quintet with Lisa Bergman, Piano. UPC 009414779021.    BUY NOW      

The Moerae deals with the fate of humanity, and fire is displayed by the intensity of that piece and the Quintets by Etler and Welcher. All of these works are either now or will be stalwart standards of woodwind literature. PLEASE PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS RELEASE. We are particularly proud of the recordings on this CD. We have been told by the many people that have heard them that the CD is not only one of the best woodwind recordings ever made but stands up with the best of any kind of classical recording. All the spirits were with us: repertoire, performance, sound, recording all clicked.
            The two Etler Quintets are staples in the woodwind quintet literature and have long been thought to be woodwind masterpieces. The Welcher Quintet No. 2 will also gain that stature. While we were recording this all the members of the Westwood Wind Quintet felt that it is probably one of the two or three best quintets ever written. The Moerae, with its interesting instrumentation, fascinating story line, and beautiful melodies, is a true work of art. “The Moerae” are the three fates who spin the thread of life, measure it, and cut it when they please.
            The works were all recorded in late 2014. This is a world premiere recording of Welcher’s The Moerae and Quintet No. 2.
The Westwood Wind Quintet, established in 1959, has “an accumulation of instrumental polish and important repertory over a long period [which] has resulted in a treasurable sense of ensemble and musical solidity” – Los Angeles Times. “The Westwood Wind Quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking.” – International Record Review

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Welcher  The Moerae    Etler   Woodwind Quintet No. 1    Andante   Allegro   Lento   Vivace    Woodwind Quintet No. 2   Andante con moto   Allegro commodo   Adagio   Vivace    Welcher  Woodwind Quintet No. 2  Driven, Intense   Adagio   Passacaglia

009414779120CD791: Westwood Wind Quintet “Augmented”. Westwood Wind Quintet (John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; William Helmers, clarinet; John Cox, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon) with Doug Reneau, trumpet; Carol Robe, bass clarinet; Lisa Bergman, piano.   UPC 009414779120.    BUY NOW    

Paul Hindemith, Septet for woodwind quintet, trumpet, and bass clarinet; William Mathias, Concertino for flute, oboe, bassoon, and piano; Bruce Stark, Americana Wind Quintet; Leoš Janáček, Mládi (Jugend) for woodwind quintet and bass clarinet. Photo of Mt. Hood was taken by Peter Christ from the Crystal Records recording studio, where these recordings were made.

Hindemith, Janáček, and Mathias are three of the most outstanding composers of the 20th century. The Hindemith and Janáček works are stalwarts in the repertoire for woodwind quintet with other winds. Fabulous pieces of music, they show the colors that can be garnered with the addition of just one or two instruments. Mathias’ Concertino captures piano, flute, oboe, and bassoon in all their glory – wonderful melodies and driving rhythms. We believe this is the first recording of this work.

Bruce Stark’s Americana Wind Quintet is also a world-premiere recording.“Stark's four movement, Americana Wind Quintet...there is something about it that is unmistakably American in sound and spirit that's hard to describe.  Above all, I find it to be an exquisitely beautiful piece and one that has grown on me with repeated hearings and moved me deeply.What extraordinarily beautiful and how extraordinarily beautiful is the playing of the Westwood Wind Quintet.  How sweet and flowing is John Barcellona's flute, how pure and focused is Peter Christ's oboe, how warm and woodsy is William Helmers' clarinet, how mellow is John Cox's horn, and how present yet blended is Patricia Nelson's Bassoon. This is woodwind playing and music-making of the highest order.  Urgently recommended. Fanfare (Jerry Dubins)

“refreshing life to all of the music, embracing the diversity of textures and styles with crisp and sensitive authority.. [Janacek is] a delightful and affectionate gem from one of music’s true originals...Stark’s Quintet abounds in poetic and dramatic flights spiced with savoury flavours and rhythmic twists.” Gramophone (Donald Rosenberg)

CD791 Westwood Wind Quintet sitting small not playingWestwood Wind Quintet, one of the world’s premiere ensembles, was established in 1959. “An accumulation of instrumental polish and important repertory over a long period has resulted in a treasurable sense of ensemble and musical solidity.” (Los Angeles Times). Doug Reneau is asst. principal trumpet of the Oregon Symphony. Carol Robe is bass clarinetist of the Portland Opera and clarinet instructor at the University of Oregon. Lisa Bergman has toured internationally with many of the most esteemed vocalists and violinists. Along with her playing, she is presently a radio announcer with KING-FM in Seattle.

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Hindemith: Septett  I. Lebhaft   II. Intermezzo   III. Variationen   IV. Intermezzo   V. Fuge. Alte Berner Marsch    Mathias: Concertino  I. Moderato   II. Andante mesto   III. Allegro capriccioso    Stark: Americana Wind Quintet  I. Serenade   II. Hymn to the Dawn   III. River Song   IV. City Shuffle    Janáček: Mládí  I. Allegro   II. Andante sostenuto   III. Vivace   IV. Allegro animato

 

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C253:  SONI VENTORUM  WIND QUINTET.   Woodwind Quintets by Paul Taffanel, Jean Martinon, Claude Arrieu.   009414725349 Cassette  only. Call or write Crystal Records to order.

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 only.  Call or write Crystal Records to order.


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