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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. 
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Westwood Wind Quintet 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   BUY NOW    Click here for cover photo and details

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.

Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear approximately one minute of the movement shown. 
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 

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 browser back button)

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceHARDS WIND QUINTET, CD252. Three Woodwind Quintets by Johann PeterMüller.  UPC 009414725226.    BUY NOW

 The Richards Quintet was in-residence at Michigan State University, and was one of the first resident wind quintets in the country. The recording was made in 1976 and digitally remastered for CD in 2020. Performers are Israel Borouchoff, flute; Daniel Stolper, oboe; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet; Edgar Kirk, bassoon; Douglas Campbell, horn.

PETER MÜLLER (as he was known) was born in Germany in 1791 and died in 1877. Though he lived in the Romantic era, these pieces are delightfully classical in nature.

Dan Stolper was oboe editor of the International Double Reed Society Journal since its beginning in 1972 and was teacher at Michigan State University and the Interlochen Center for the Arts for 45 years. He died 2020.

“These are charming pieces. The Richards Quintet sports good energy, technique, and phrasing American Record Guide

 

“This music is definitely worth checking out, and this recording represents some of the finest quintet playing happening in the US during the 1970s. It is a pleasure to hear Douglas Campbell’s deft horn playing, as he effortlessly navigates the classical scales and arpeggios. To hear him match the speed and lightness of his woodwind colleagues is a joy.” The Horn Call (May 2021)

 

CD252 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 No.1   Mvt.1 Larghetto, Allegro   Mvt.2 Scherzo   Mvt.3 Larghetto   Mvt.4 Allegro molto     Quintet No.2   Mvt.1 Allegro con brio   Mvt.2Andante con moto   Mvt.3 Menuetto   Mvt.4 Allegro ma non troppo     Quintet No. 3   Mvt.1 Allegro   Mvt.2 Andante Sostenuto   Mvt.3 Menuetto   Mvt.4 Allegro

 

Reicha-box-7579-for-webEXTRA 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 $18 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 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.”

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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, was 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. 

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-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  

“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)

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 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
 

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: Mvt.1 Allegro moderato/Andante/Tempo primo   Mvt.2 Andante   Mvt.3 Menuetto   Mvt.4 Finale     Quintet in A Minor, opus 91, no. 2: Mvt.1 Adagio/Allegro assai   Mvt.2 Andante   Mvt.3 Menuetto   Mvt.4 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)

CD265 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 D Major, opus 91, no. 3: Mvt.1 Lento; Allegro Assai   Mvt.2 Adagio   Mvt.3 Menuetto. Allegro vivo   Mvt.4 Finale. Allegretto     Quintet in G Minor, opus 91, no. 4: Mvt.1 Andante; Allegro Assai   Mvt.2 Adagio cantabile   Mvt.3 Menuetto. Allegro   Mvt.4 Finale

 



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.
CD266 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 Major, opus 91, no. 5: Mvt.1 Allegro   Mvt.2 Poco Adagio   Mvt.3 Menuetto. Allegro   Mvt.4 Finale. Allegro Vivace     Quintet in C Minor, opus 91, no. 6: Mvt.1 Marcia. Poco Adagio; Allegro Vivace   Mvt.2 Larghetto   Mvt.3 Menuetto. Vivace   Mvt.4 Finale




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)

CD267 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 C Major, opus 99, no. 1: Mvt.1 Lento; Allegro   Mvt.2 Andante   Mvt.3 Menuetto. Allegro scherzo   Mvt.4 Finale     Quintet in F Minor, opus 91, no. 2:Mvt.1 Larghetto; Allegro   Mvt.2 Andante   Mvt.3 Menuetto   Mvt.4 Finale

 


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, bassoo
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CD268 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 Major, opus 99, no. 3: Mvt.1 Lento; Allegro   Mvt.2 Andante   Mvt.3 Menuetto. Allegro   Mvt.4 Finale. Andante; Allegro poco vivace     Quintet in D Major, opus 91, 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 (Jonathan Woolf) 

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

CD269 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 B Minor, opus 99, no. 5: Mvt.1 Andante; Allegro   Mvt.2 Andante   Mvt.3 Menuetto. Allegro   Mvt.4 Finale. Lento; Allegro spirituoso     Quintet in G Major, opus 99, no. 6: Mvt.1 Andante; Allegro poco vivo   Mvt.2 Air en fantaisie. Andante   Mvt.3 Menuetto. Allegro   Mvt.4 Finale. Allegro vivo






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.

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 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.

CD271 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 Eb Major, opus 100, no. 3: Mvt.1 Andante; Allegro poco vivo   Mvt.2 Lento   Mvt.3 Minuetto. Allegro scherzo   Mvt.4 Finale. Allegro     Quintet in E Minor, opus 100, no.4:Mvt.1 Adagio; Allegro   Mvt.2 Andante con variazioni   Mvt.3 Minuetto. Allegro vivo   Mvt.4 Finale. Allegro vivo

 

/var/folders/rn/x61_rqpx68g63_gyw49rr52w0000gn/T/com.microsoft.Word/WebArchiveCopyPasteTempFiles/image017.jpgCD272: 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  International Record Review.

“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    BUY NOW   

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)

BONUS: To have a little joy to help alleviate CoronaVirus anxiety, hear the entire Flight of the Bumble-Bee by Rimsky-Korsakov, Westwood Wind Quintet  Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumble-Bee

 

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

BONUS: To have a little joy to help alleviate CoronaVirus anxiety, hear the entire Dvorak Slavonic Dance No. 1, Presto, played by the Webster Trio.

 

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