The Seasons: 20th-Century Music for Wind Quintet

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The Seasons: 20th-Century Music for Wind Quintet



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The Seasons: 20th-Century Music for Wind Quintet


Summer Music, Op. 31


Scherzo pour quintette à vent

Carter, E:

Woodwind quintet (1948)

Dean, B:

Winter Songs for tenor & wind quintet


Wind Quintet No. 1

Henze, H:

Quintet - Introduktion, Variationen und Fuge



Kleine Kammermusik for wind quintet, Op. 24 No. 2

Septett für Blasinstrumente


Pièces brèves (3) for wind quintet


Septuor pour instruments à vent


American Folk Suite


Suite 'Belle Epoque in Sud-America'

Suite popular brasileira


La Cheminée du roi René, Op 205


Wind Quintet, Op. 43 (FS 100)


Quintettino, Op. 13


Ajubete jepê amô mbaê

Schuller, Gunther:


Tomasi, H F:

Printemps for wind quintet and saxophone


Architectonics I


Music for a deceased friend


Quinteto em forma de chôros, for flute, oboe, clarinet, cor anglais & bassoon

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If the wind quintet genre has its origins in the early 19th century, it was during the 20th that it came of age. The possibilities that the combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn offered in terms of sounds and musical character were exploited to the full by composers such as Carl Nielsen, Paul Hindemith and Darius Milhaud. Once the ensemble had become firmly established, it also became common practice to add instruments, or to vary the timbres in other ways. In his Septuor, Charles Kœchlin included not only an alto saxophone but also a cor anglais, the same instrument that Heitor Villa-Lobos replaced the (French) horn with in the Quintette en forme de Chôros. One of the most extreme cases in the literature, however, is Hans-Werner Henze's L'autunno 'for five players of wind instruments', in which each player is required to perform on almost all the related instruments in the family of his main instrument, resulting in an instrumentarium ranging from piccolo flute to Wagner tuba and contrabassoon. Together with three other compositions, Henze's autumnal piece has lent its name to the discs included in this box set, the others being Printemps by Henri Tomasi, Samuel Barber's Summer Music and Winter Songs, Brett Dean's settings of five poems by E. E. Cummings for tenor and wind quintet. Individually released by the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet between 1992 and 2003, these four discs are here gathered into a full seasonal cycle: a catalogue of 20th-century music for wind quintet, performed by an ensemble that a reviewer in BBC Music Magazine has described as follows: ’Accustomed to working together with the world’s most gifted and demanding conductors, the five players distil all the discipline, versatility and musical characterisation that is demanded of them daily. They combine this with the mutual generosity and tangible sense of enjoyment of those just freed from the maestro’s yoke.’

Jacques Ibert: 3 Pieces breves

No. 1. Allegro

No. 2. Andante

No. 3. Assez lent - Allegro scherzando

Henri Tomasi: Printemps

I. Reveil des oiseaux

II. Chant d'amour

III. Danse des oiseaux

Darius Milhaud: La cheminee du roi Rene, Op. 205

I. Cortege

II. Aubade

III. Jongleurs

IV. La maousinglade

V. Joutes sur l'arc

VI. Chasse a Valabre

VII. Madrigal-nocturne

Charles Koechlin: Wind Septet, Op. 165

I. Monodie

II. Pastorale

III. Intermezzo

IV. Fugue

V. Serenite

VI. Fugue

Jean Francaix: Wind Quintet

I. Andante tranquillo - Allegro assai

II. Presto

III. Tema. Variation 1 - 4

IV. Tempo di marcia francese

Eugene Bozza: Scherzo, Op. 48

Scherzo, Op. 48

Samuel Barber: Summer Music, Op. 31

Summer Music, Op. 31

Elliott Carter: Woodwind Quintet

I. Allegretto

II. Allegro giocoso

Gunther Schuller: Suite for Wind Quintet

I. Prelude

II. Blues

III. Toccata

Kazimierz Machala: American Folk Suite

American Folk Suite

Julio Medaglia: Suite, "Belle Epoque in Sud-America"

I. Tango

II. Vals Paulista

III. Chorinho 'Walter´s Requinta maluca'

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Quinteto em forma de choros

Quintette en forme de Choros

Liduino Pitombeira: Ajubete jepe amo mbae

Ajubete jepe amo mbae

Julio Medaglia: Suite popular brasileira

I. Choro em Berlin

II. Baiao

III. Seresta

IV. Frevo

Paul Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24, No. 2

I. Lustig

II. Walzer

III. Ruhig und einfach

IV. Schnelle Viertel

V. Sehr lebhaft

Hans Werner Henze: Quintet

I. Introduktion - Thema - Variationen

II. Sehr ruhig, ohne rubato - Noch langsamer - Sehr langsam, schleppend

III. Rasch, heiter - Galopp

Hans Werner Henze: L'autunno

I. Moderato

II. Allegretto

III. Allegramente

IV. Vivace

V. Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae

Paul Hindemith: Septet

I. Lebhaft

II. Intermezzo: Sehr langsam

III. Variationen: Massig schnell

IV. Intermezzo: Sehr langsam

V. Fuge, "Alter Berner Marsch": Schnell

Brett Dean: Winter Songs

I. (Introduction) - (e) - (n)

II. (If in beginning twilight winter will stand)

III. (Who are you little i) - (n)

Erkki-Sven Tuur: Architectonics I

Architectonics I

Peteris Vasks: In memory of a friend

Music for a Deceased Friend

Arvo Part: Quintettino

I. Schnell

II. Langsam

III. Massig

Carl Nielsen: Wind Quintet, Op. 43, FS 100

I. Allegro ben moderato

II. Menuet

III. Praeludium - Tema con variazioni - Andante festivo

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24th September 2013

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