Monday, 17 August 2009

Dvorak, Chamber music arranged for
wind quintet - Ma'alot Quintet

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)

Four Slavonic Dances (1878/1886)
Quartet for Strings in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" (1893)
Bagatelles for 2 Violins, Cello and Harmonium, Op. 47/B 79 (1878)

All works arranged for wind quintet by Ulf-Guido Schäfer or Volker Grewel

Ma'alot Quintet
Stephanie Winker - Flute
Christian Wetzel - Oboe
Ulf-Guido Schäfer - Clarinet
Volker Grewel - Horn
Volker Tessmann - Bassoon
(This German quintet takes its name from the common name of psalms 120-134, the "Psalms of Ascent".)

Except for an angry (and, with respect to the misrepresentations of the artists' statements in the booklet, pretty annoying) review in Fanfare this recording has had a rather enthusiastic welcome by the critics. I think that especially the arrangement of the "American" quartet, which is so frowned upon by the Fanfare critic, works very well.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Woodwind Treasures - Westwood Wind Quintet

The Westwood Wind Quintet (of Los Angeles) was founded in 1959 and performed actively for close to 40 years. This CD is made from recordings in 1971 and 1981.

Woodwind Treasures

Westwood Wind Quintet
John Barcellona (Flute 1981), Gretel Shanley (Flute 1971), David Atkins (Clarinet 1971 & 1981), Peter Christ (Oboe 1971 & 1981), Robert Henderson (French Horn 1971), Calvin Smith (French Horn 1981), Kay Brightman (Bassoon 1971), Kenneth Meyer (Bassoon 1981)

August Klughardt (1847-1902)
Wind Quintet in C, Op. 79 (1901)

Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
Opus Number Zoo, for speaker & wind quintet (1951/1970)

George Heussenstamm (b.1926)
Seven Etudes, for oboe, clarinet & bassoon, Op. 77 (1964)

Boris Pillin (b.1940)
Scherzo for Wind Quartet

Robert Linn (1925-1999)
Quintet for Winds (1963)

Herman Stein (1915-2007)
Sour Suite, for wind quintet (1968)

First recordings of all works except the quintet by August Klughardt