Sunday, 30 April 2017

Mozart Serenades - Calefax Reed Quintet

Mozart Serenades
Calefax Reed Quintet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
       Oboe Quintet in C minor, K406
       Adagio in B flat major, K411
       Serenade No. 11 in E flat major, K375
       Adagio in F major, K410
Arrangements for oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon


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)


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