Beethoven: Quintet for Piano & Wind Instruments; Jacob: Sextet for Wind Quintet & Piano; Hindemith: Sonata for Horn &

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
As Dennis Brain was the finest horn player in the United Kingdom in the '50s, so the Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble was the finest wind chamber ensemble in the United Kingdom in the '50s. Brain, of course, is well known for his recordings of Strauss and Mozart's "Horn Concertos," recordings which remain the deepest, the strongest, and the most soulful ever made. These BBC live recordings of Brain with his ensemble, performing Gordon Jacob's "Sextet for wind quintet and piano," plus Brain and two members of the quintet performing Beethoven's "Quintet for piano and winds" along Brain's brother Leonard on oboe and the redoubtable Benjamin Britten on piano, are wonderful ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
As Dennis Brain was the finest horn player in the United Kingdom in the '50s, so the Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble was the finest wind chamber ensemble in the United Kingdom in the '50s. Brain, of course, is well known for his recordings of Strauss and Mozart's "Horn Concertos," recordings which remain the deepest, the strongest, and the most soulful ever made. These BBC live recordings of Brain with his ensemble, performing Gordon Jacob's "Sextet for wind quintet and piano," plus Brain and two members of the quintet performing Beethoven's "Quintet for piano and winds" along Brain's brother Leonard on oboe and the redoubtable Benjamin Britten on piano, are wonderful additions to Brain's discography. Both performances are terrific: Jacob's quintet sounds polished yet passionate, while Beethoven's quintet sounds pastoral yet inward. In addition, the disc includes a live performance of Brain romping through Hindemith's "Horn Sonata" with pianist Noel Mewton-Wood and sailing through Gilbert Vinter's "Hunter's Moon" with Vilem Tausky conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra. Again, both performances are marvelous: Hindemith's sonata sounds gnarly yet lyrical, while Vinter's "Hunter's Moon" -- with its sentimental melodies, bumptious accompaniment, and its especially corny muted-horn glissandos -- sounds as much fun to listen to as it is to perform. BBC's mid-'50s sound is present but not vivid, loud but not clear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Bbc Legends
  • UPC: 684911416428
  • Catalog Number: 4164

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon in E flat major, Op. 16 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Benjamin Britten (22:28)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    1. 1 Grave - Allegro, ma non troppo
    2. 2 Andante cantabile
    3. 3 Rondo. Allegro, ma non troppo
  2. 4–8 Sextet for woodwind quintet & piano, Op. 3 - Gordon Jacob & Dennis Brain (21:02)
    Composed byGordon Jacob
    1. 4 Elegiac Prelude. Andante poco lento - meno mosso (Adagio)
    2. 5 Scherzo. Allegro vivace - meno mosso - Tempo 1
    3. 6 Cortège. Andante poco lento - Adagio
    4. 7 Minuet. Allegretto - Trio
    5. 8 Rondo with Epilogue. Allegro vivace - Adagio
  3. 9–11 Sonata for horn & piano - Paul Hindemith & Dennis Brain (16:28)
    Composed byPaul Hindemith
    1. 9 Mäßig bewegt - Frisch - Lebhaft
    2. 10 Ruhig bewegt
    3. 11 Lebhaft
  4. 12 Hunter's Moon, for horn & piano - Vilem Tausky & Gilbert Vinter (5:14)
    Composed byGilbert Vinter
    Conducted byVilem Tausky
    Performed byVilem Tausky, BBC Concert Orchestra
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