Thursday, 30 July 2015

Reicha, Wind Quintets
Academia Wind Quintet of Prague




Antonin Reicha
Wind Quintet in D Major, Op. 91, No. 3
Wind Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 88, No. 2
Wind Quintet in F Major (1811)
Wind Quintet in B Flat Major, Op.88, No.5
Wind Quintet in A Major, Op.91, No.5

The Academia Wind Quintet of Prague
Jiří Maršálek, flute
Otto Trnka, oboe
Petr Doněk, clarinet
František Pok, horn
Josef Janda, bassoon

Recorded in 1987 (CD 1) and 1989 (CD 2), respectively, at St Peter's Church, Petersham, UK.
CD set released in 1996, now out of print.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Divertimento - Trio Divertimento





Trio Divertimento:
    Nicolai Borggrefe - Oboe
    Bernhard Kösling - Clarinet
    Albert Kegel - Bassoon

Recorded in 1993 - CD is out of print.


Erwin Schulhoff
Divertissement für Oboe, Klarinette und Fagott (1927)

Joseph Haydn
Divertimento Nr. 11 in D, Hob XI:11 (arr.)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento in B flat, KV 439b (KV Anh. 229) Nr. 4 (arr.)

Klement Slavicky
Trio für Oboe, Klarinette und Fagott (1937)

Isang Yun
Rondell für Oboe, Klarinette und Fagott (1975)

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Harmoniemusiken (Nicolai, Mozart, Bizet)
Albert Schweitzer Oktett




Three arrangements of opera excerpts for woodwind ensembles, 
by Andreas N. Tarkmann

Georges Bizet: Carmen (for nonet)
Otto Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (for octet)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Titus (for sextet)

Albert Schweitzer Oktett

Recorded in 1997 - CD is out of print (or very nearly so).


With my best wishes for the New Year!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Mozart, Gran Partita
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment





Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Serenade in B flat for 13 Wind Instruments K361 'Gran partita'

Wind Soloists of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (on period instruments), directed by Anthony Halstead

Recorded 11-13 April 1997 in All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London

Cover CD of BBC Music Magazine Vol. VI No. 2 (October 1997)

OOP

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Mozart & Contemporaries - Stadler Trio





Mozart & Contemporaries

Stadler Trio: Eric Hoeprich, Carles Riera and Albert Gumí
playing on three bassett horns by Theodor Lotz from around 1790

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Divertimento No. 2, KV 439b
Antonio Salieri - Excerpts from Palmira, Regina di Persia (arr. Anton Stadler)
Anton Stadler - Allemante, Masur and Allegretto
Georg Druschetzky - Allegro moderato, Menuetto (Allegretto), Andante, Allegretto (Scherzando) and Allegro
Vicente Martin i Soler - Excerpts from Una Cosa Rara
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Adagio KV 580a for clarinet and three bassett horns (fragment, completed by Franz Beyer; with Robert Sebesta)
Vojtech Nudera - Divertimento

Recorded in 1998 - OOP


(Long time no rip, I know. But the radio broadcasts weren't all that popular, and I had trouble finding an interesting woodwind CD that was out of print. Thanks to Bas for the inspiration!)

BTW, I had to take down a number of old links when RS limited its free storage space to 5 GB a while ago. Please feel free to ask for re-ups!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Dé Nederlander bestaat niet - Calefax




My favourite woodwind ensemble played an interesting programme last night in Amsterdam. The title translates as "The Dutchman doesn't exist", with emphasis on the first word. It is a quote from a speech a member of the royal family gave five years ago when she presented an official study about Dutch national identity. It probably wasn't meant as an overtly political statement at the time, but it seems to have become quite controversial. Anyway, this Dutch ensemble uses the phrase to celebrate the many foreign contributions to Dutch music over the centuries. Mostly, the contemporary pieces are original compositions and the older ones arrangements by members of Calefax.



Calefax Rietkwintet

    oboe: Oliver Boekhoorn
    clarinet: Ivar Berix
    alto saxophone: Raaf Hekkema
    bass clarinet: Jelte Althuis
    bassoon: Alban Wesly
 


Dé Nederlander bestaat niet

Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764) - Introduttione teatrale op. 4 no. 1
Klas Torstensson (b. 1951) - Prelude & Encores
Solage (late 14th century) - Fumeux Fume
Ron Ford (b. 1959) - Can vei la lauzeta mover
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) - Fantasia chromatica

Johann Wilhelm Wilms (1772-1847) - Rondo from Sinfonia no. 4 in c minor, op. 23
Frank Martin (1890-1974) - Trois airs populaires Irlandaises
Graham Fitkin (b. 1963) - Compel
Willy Rex (for Willy Alberti, 1926-1985) - Als een wilde orchidee


Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, live broadcast on Radio 4 (NL), 22 November 2012

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

A few world premieres













For a change, I'd like to present a couple of recent live concerts, each of which contains at least one work that had its first public performance on this occasion. These are radio broadcasts.

Calefax Reed Quintet:
Oliver Boekhoorn - oboe
Ivar Berix - clarinet
Raaf Hekkema - altosax
Jelte Althuis - bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Alban Wesly - bassoon


with Ivo Janssen - piano

Theo Loevendie (*1930) - Ritorno (2012) (world premiere)
Hans Abrahamsen (*1952) - Walden (1978; revised version for reed quintet, 1995)
Klas Torstensson (*1951) - Prelude & Encores (2012) (world premiere)
Yannis Kyriakides (*1969) - Hypothetical Islands (2012) (world premiere)
Carola Bauckholt (*1959) - Zugvögel (2012) (premiered in Witten just a couple of weeks earlier)
Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997) - Three Studies for Player Piano (arr. Raaf Hekkema): nos 11, 3b, 7 (plus no. 3c as an encore)

Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam, 3 May 2012

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Members of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern:
Grigory Mordashov - flute
Veit Stolzenberger - oboe
Rainer Müller-van Recum - clarinet
Benoit Gausse - horn
Guilhaume Santana - bassoon


Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) - La cheminée du roi René op. 205
Giulio Briccialdi (1818-1881) - Wind quintet no. 1 in D op. 124
Vito Žuraj (*1979) - Wind quintet (world premiere)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - Fantasy in f KV 608 (arr. Wolfgang Sebastian Meyer)
Jean Françaix (1912-1997) - Wind quintet no. 1

HfM University of Music, Saarbrücken, 6 June 2012