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Danses et Divertissements

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1532 SACD
Release date2009-05-20
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time68:47

One of the world’s foremost wind quintets meets one of today’s finest pianists in a work that many consider to be one of the best examples of a work for piano and winds: Poulenc’s Sextet. The composer himself called it ‘a homage to the wind instruments which I have loved from the moment I began composing’, and its cheeky character, virtuosic drive and catchy melodies are typical of his other writing for wind instruments. Poulenc also supplied the piano with a crucial – and virtuosic – part, however, including jazzy elements typical of the period as well as emotional outbursts in the manner of Rachmaninov. Stephen Hough and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet have enjoyed a long collaboration. On disc this has resulted in recordings of the quintets by Mozart and Beethoven, a release which made the reviewer on the website surrender unconditionally: ‘the adjective which comes to mind while listening is one of excruciating banality, and yet it says everything: this disc is profoundly beautiful’. Poulenc’s sextet is framed by three other French works, and from the late-Romantic Quintet by Taffanel to the last of Tomasi’s Cinq Danses (a ‘War Dance’ marked ‘wildly frenetically’), the players of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – who began performing as a group more than 20 years ago – once again demonstrate their supreme capacity not only on their individual instruments, but as ensemble players.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Taffanel, Claude Paul
  Quintette en sol mineur pour instruments à vent 21:08
01 I. Allegro con moto 08:32 $ 1.79 USD
02 II. Andante 05:24 $ 1.13 USD
03 III. Vivace 07:12 $ 1.51 USD
  Composer: Poulenc, Francis
  Sextuor pour Piano et quintette à vent 16:57
04 I. Allegro vivace – Trés vite et emporté 07:17 $ 1.53 USD
05 II. Divertissement. Andantino 04:20 $ 0.91 USD
06 III. Finale. Prestissimo 05:20 $ 1.12 USD
  Composer: Jolivet, André
  Sérénade pour quintette à vent avec hautbois principal 16:00
07 I. Cantilène. Moderato 04:03 $ 0.85 USD
08 II. Caprice. Scherzando 03:26 $ 0.72 USD
09 III. Intermède. Moderato 03:31 $ 0.74 USD
10 IV. Marche burlesque. Allegro 05:00 $ 1.05 USD
  Composer: Tomasi, Henri
  Cinq Danses Profanes et Sacrées pour quintette à vent 12:32
11 I. Danse agreste. Allegretto 02:47 $ 0.58 USD
12 II. Danse profane. Scherzando 02:32 $ 0.53 USD
13 III. Danse sacrée. Lent 03:00 $ 0.63 USD
14 IV. Danse nuptiale. Scherzando 01:56 $ 0.41 USD
15 V. Danse guerrière. Sauvagement frénétique 02:17 $ 0.48 USD
  Album total 68:47
ComposerJolivet, André
Poulenc, Francis
Taffanel, Claude Paul
Tomasi, Henri
EnsembleBerlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
PianoHough, Stephen

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