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French Music for Wind Quintet

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
In the mid-twentieth century, French music for winds bore the stamp of Stravinskyian neo-Classicism, perhaps more indelibly than any other influence. Notwithstanding the clear differences of their own personalities -- the elegantly refined Francis Poulenc is easily distinguished from the sometimes vulgar and slapdash Darius Milhaud, and the jovial Jacques Ibert is distinct from the more quizzical Jean Françaix -- they all derived an "objective" sensibility from Stravinsky; this is especially telling in their common uses of simple, folk-like tunes, asymmetrical rhythms, dry timbres, and pan-diatonic harmonies; but also, in a more general way, by their preference for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
In the mid-twentieth century, French music for winds bore the stamp of Stravinskyian neo-Classicism, perhaps more indelibly than any other influence. Notwithstanding the clear differences of their own personalities -- the elegantly refined Francis Poulenc is easily distinguished from the sometimes vulgar and slapdash Darius Milhaud, and the jovial Jacques Ibert is distinct from the more quizzical Jean Françaix -- they all derived an "objective" sensibility from Stravinsky; this is especially telling in their common uses of simple, folk-like tunes, asymmetrical rhythms, dry timbres, and pan-diatonic harmonies; but also, in a more general way, by their preference for bright keys and their striking aversion to sentimentality. The major works on this 2005 Naxos disc are clearly Poulenc's "Sextet for winds and piano" 1932 and Françaix's "Wind Quintet No. 1" 1948; these are the most imaginatively worked-out, and offer the most satisfying variety of textures and instrumental combinations. The shorter pieces -- Ibert's "Pièces 3 brèves" 1930 and Milhaud's "La Cheminée du roi René" 1939 -- may pass by as lightweights, yet these are pleasant diversions that allow the listener to relax between the more complex works that bookend the program. The Wind Quintet of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Ralf Gothóni are cheerfully virtuosic, meticulous in execution, and brightly sonorous in the fine reproduction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313235629
  • Catalog Number: 8557356
  • Sales rank: 150,505

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Sextet for wind quintet & piano in C major, FP 100 - Francis Poulenc & Ralf Gothóni (18:41)
  2. 4–6 Pièces brèves (3), for wind quintet - Jacques Ibert & Wind Quintet of the Danish National Symphony Orche (6:55)
  3. 7–13 La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205 - Darius Milhaud & Wind Quintet of the Danish National Symphony Orche (12:48)
  4. 14–17 Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon No. 1 - Jean Françaix & Wind Quintet of the Danish National Symphony Orche (20:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ralf Gothóni Primary Artist
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