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Catalogue numberBIS-1802 CD
Release date2011-08-26
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time78:50

The eminent Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (BPWQ) has recorded a number of discs for BIS, including programmes focusing on composers from France, Hungary, America (North and South) and Germany. The ensemble’s latest CD features three composers born in what is now the Czech Republic; a varied offering, opening with a wind quintet by Anton Reicha, who in the early 19th century ‘invented’ the entire genre, and closing with one of the absolute pinnacles in 20th-century chamber music for winds, namely Janáček’s Mládí (‘Youth’) from 1924. Framed by these two is Martinů’s Sextet for piano and winds, written in Paris in 1929 and with echoes of both Bohemian music and jazz elements in a mix typical for this composer. If the musical styles are diverse, so are the sonorities: in fact, the only work scored for ‘regular’ wind quintet is Reicha's Quintet in E flat major. But the 'father of the wind quintet' also experimented with exchanging a cor anglais for the oboe in the three rarely heard separate pieces included here. As for Martinů, he added a piano to the quintet, but at the same time replaced the horn with a second bassoon, and made one of the five movements, a brief Scherzo, into a virtuosic duo for flute and piano alone. Another duo – for piccolo and piano – is also included here: Janáček’s two-minute-long March of the Bluebirds. The piece sprang from a childhood memory, and when Janáček some months later began composing Mládí, based on recollections of his youth, he revised it to form the third movement of the suite. Like the other movements it is scored for wind quintet and bass clarinet – another unusual combination – but Janáček retained certain characteristics of the original by having the flutist alternate between flute and piccolo.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Reicha, Anton
  Quintet in E flat major, Op.88 No.2 24:25
01 I. Lento – Allegro moderato 07:08 $ 1.50 USD
02 II. Menuetto. Allegro 03:48 $ 0.80 USD
03 III. Poco andante grazioso 07:48 $ 1.64 USD
04 IV. Finale. Allegretto 05:41 $ 1.19 USD
  Composer: Martinu (Martinů), Bohuslav
  Sextet for piano and winds, H174 14:49
05 I. Preludium 03:17 $ 0.69 USD
06 II. Adagio 03:32 $ 0.74 USD
07 III. Scherzo (I. Divertimento) 02:24 $ 0.50 USD
08 IV. Blues (II. Divertimento) 02:59 $ 0.63 USD
09 V. Finale 02:37 $ 0.55 USD
  Composer: Reicha, Anton
  Three Pieces for cor anglais and wind quartet 18:14
10 Andante arioso in E flat major 05:52 $ 1.23 USD
11 Andante in F major 05:33 $ 1.17 USD
12 Adagio in D minor 06:49 $ 1.43 USD
  Composer: Janácek, Leos
  Pochod modráčků (March of the Bluebirds), JW7/9 for piccolo and piano
13 Pochod modráčků (March of the Bluebirds), JW7/9 for
piccolo and piano
02:11 $ 0.46 USD
  Composer: Janácek, Leos
  Mládí (Youth), suite for wind sextet, JW7/10 16:49
14 I. Allegro 03:40 $ 0.77 USD
15 II. Andante sostenuto 04:55 $ 1.03 USD
16 III. Vivace 03:46 $ 0.79 USD
17 IV. Allegro animato 04:28 $ 0.94 USD
  Album total 78:50
EnsembleBerlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
ComposerJanácek, Leos
Martinu (Martinů), Bohuslav
Reicha, Anton
PianoHeilmann, Hendrik
BassoonReinhard, Marion
Piccolo/fluteHasel, Michael
Bass clarinetPreis, Manfred

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