Richard Adeney (flute/piccolo), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), William Waterhouse (bassoon), Philip Jones (trumpet), Arthur Wilson (trombone), Emanuel Hurwitz (violin), Cecil Aronowitz (viola), Terence Weil (cello), Lamar Crowson (piano), James Blades (percussion), Stephen Whittaker (percussion)
Richard Adeney (flute/piccolo), Peter Graeme (oboe), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), William Waterhouse (bassoon), Neil Sanders (horn), Hilary Wilson (harp), Emanuel Hurwitz (violin), Ivor McMahon (violin), Cecil Aronowitz (viola), Terence Weil (cello)
Christopher Hyde-Smith (flute), Peter Graeme (oboe), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), Anthony Jennings (bass-clarinet), William Waterhouse (bassoon), Neil Sanders (horn), James Buck (horn), David Mason (trumpet), Philip Jones (trumpet), Alfred Flaszinski (trombone), Tristan Fry (percussion), Jack Lees (percussion), Manoug Parikian (violin)
Mary Thomas (soprano), Rosemary Phillips (contralto); Richard Adeney (flute/piccolo), Peter Graeme (oboe), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), William Waterhouse (bassoon), Philip Jones (trumpet), Arthur Wilson (trombone), Terence Weil (cello), Osian Ellis (harp)
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The Melos Ensemble was formed by musicians who wanted to play chamber music scored for a larger ensemble in a combination of strings, winds and other instruments with the quality of musical rapport only regular groups can achieve.
All its members were excellent musicians who held positions in notable orchestras and appeared as soloists.
The clarinettist Gervase de Peyer, flautist Richard Adeney, viola player Cecil Aronowitz and cellist Terence Weil were the founding members.
Planned as a group of twelve players – string quintet, wind quintet with piano and harp – this could be expanded by other players to perform an enormous range of works from Mozart through the classics and romantics of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms to Bartók, Janácek, Nielsen, Poulenc and Khatchaturian. They also gave first performances and then recorded works by four then young British composers: Richard Rodney Bennett, Harrison Birtwistle, Gordon Crosse and Peter Maxwell Davies.
The principal musicians who joined the initial four were the violinists Emanuel Hurwitz and Ivor McMahon, double bass player Adrian Beers, oboist Peter Graeme, horn player Neil Sanders, bassoonist William Waterhouse, pianist Lamar Crowson and harpist Osian Ellis.
Many of the recordings are classics of the Gramophone and have been rarely out of the catalogue. Here is a set bringing together all their recordings made during those fifteen halcyon years of glorious music-making.
“There is plenty of individual personality in the music-making here, but how beautifully these fine musicians blend together as a group...the polished elegance and charm of their playing cannot be heard to better effect than in the lovely Mozart Clarinet Quintet and Kegelstatt Trio, with Gervase de Peyer's beautiful solo playing richly limpid yet vital, and first-class recording.”
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