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In this recording Ramée present two pieces of early romantic music for wind ensemble. Spohr's nonet of 1813 is the first written for this particular combination of instruments and makes conscious use of the distinctive qualities and idiosyncrasies of each.
Onslow's nonet (recorded for the first time on historical instruments) is startling from the very first bar! The force and volume of his opening declamation, the virtuosity of the violin's first flourishes, and the enormous range in each of the parts give the piece a distinctly 'modern' feel. By comparison with Spohr's nonet this piece is the child of a different Zeitgeist.
George Onslow: Nonet in A major, Op. 77
I. Allegro spirituoso
II. Scherzo - Agitato
III. Tema con variazioni
IV. Finale: Largo - Allegretto - Quasi allegro
Louis Spohr: Nonet in F major, Op. 31
II. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio I - Trio II
IV. Finale: Vivace
“Spohr's work belongs to 1813 and the world of his fellow student Weber, and its elegance is well conveyed in this attractive performance...the grasp of [Onslow's] idiom and the sympathetic response of the players make this a most enjoyable performance.”
“The sound of the full ensemble is pleasingly orchestral, both [in the Spohr] and in the Onslow; the performances are uniformly excellent and the disc is fine listening throughout.”
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