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Ferguson / Bliss / Holloway - Octets & Clarinet Quintet

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2547 SACD
Release date2023-11-03
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time74:09

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Following their critically acclaimed albums of Schubert (BIS-2597), Mozart and Birchall (BIS-2647), works for clarinet trio (BIS-2535) and, more recently, Beethoven and Berwald (BIS-2707), the Wigmore Soloists now turn their attention to twentieth-century English chamber works which, while eschewing some of the continent’s modernist tendencies, are both deeply personal and supremely written, highlighting the specific colours of each of the instruments.
Howard Ferguson’s Octet, a direct and engaging work, was the first of his works to attract attention. Ferguson’s skill is brilliantly demonstrated in this tonally ambiguous work, which takes its instrumentation from Schubert’s famous Octet. The main characteristic of Sir Arthur Bliss’s Clarinet Quintet, like those of Mozart and Brahms with the same instrumental line-up, is its intense, overtly emotional lyricism, but the sunny, extrovert aspects of Bliss’s character ultimately prevail in the brilliantly energetic finale. Robin Holloway’s Serenade in C for octet is the most recent work on this disc, and also features the instrumentation of Schubert’s Octet, which the composer acknowledges as a model. Few contemporary composers display as keen a sense of humour as Holloway who wished here to give “an affectionate twist to tonal common practice and light-music clichés all the way from Biedermeier Vienna to Southend Pier”.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Ferguson, Howard
  Octet, Op.4 20:05
01 I. Moderato 05:28 $ 0.82 USD
02 II. Allegro scherzoso 03:38 $ 0.55 USD
03 III. Andantino 05:22 $ 0.81 USD
04 IV. Allegro feroce 05:37 $ 0.84 USD
  Composer: Bliss, Arthur
  Clarinet Quintet, F.20 28:11
05 I. Moderato 05:51 $ 0.88 USD
06 II. Allegro molto 07:41 $ 1.15 USD
07 III. Adagietto expressivo 08:24 $ 1.26 USD
08 IV. Allegro energico 06:15 $ 0.94 USD
  Composer: Holloway, Robin
  Serenade in C, Op.41 25:48
09 I. Marcia 06:46 $ 1.02 USD
10 II. Menuetto alla tarantella 03:22 $ 0.51 USD
11 III. Andante 05:51 $ 0.88 USD
12 IV. Menuetto - Trio 05:28 $ 0.82 USD
13 V. Finale 04:21 $ 0.65 USD
  Album total 74:09
ComposerBliss, Arthur
Ferguson, Howard
Holloway, Robin
EnsembleWigmore Soloists

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