Danses et Divertissements


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Danses et Divertissements



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29th June 2009




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Danses et Divertissements


Sérénade pour Quintette à vent avec Hautbois principal


Sextet for piano and wind quintet, Op. 100


Wind Quintet

Tomasi, H F:

Cinq Danses Profanes et Sacrées pour quintette à vent



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One of the world’s foremost wind quintets meets one of today’s finest pianists in a work that many consider to be the best work for piano and winds: Poulenc’s Sextet, as well as works by other French composers.

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 and the players of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – who began performing as a group more than 20 years ago – once again demonstrate their supreme ability as ensemble players.

Paul Taffanel: Wind Quintet

I. Allegro con moto

II. Andante

III. Vivace

Francis Poulenc: Sextet

I. Allegro vivace: Tres vite et emporte

II. Divertissement: Andantino

III. Finale: Prestissimo

Andre Jolivet: Serenade

I. Cantilene

II. Caprice

III. Intermede

IV. Marche Burlesque

Henri Tomasi: 5 danses profanes et sacrees

I. Danse agreste

II. Danse profane

III. Danse sacree

IV. Danse nuptiale

V. Danse guerriere

Gramophone Magazine

January 2010

“Poulenc's Sextet… is instantly recognisable. …his typical mix of popular idioms, smoky tunes and perfumed harmony are all there in this cheeky piece. Stephen Hough joins the wind-players for a spry performance that keeps things bubbling along, rising to the romantic heights but also keeping them in check, neatly pricking any balloon of emotion that might risk becoming too inflated.”

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