Reicha: Wind Quintets, Opp. 88/5 & 91/1

Reicha: Wind Quintets, Opp. 88/5 & 91/1

by Michael Thompson Wind Quintet, Thompson, Snowden, Lines
     
 

The long success of Antoine Reicha's wind quintets is due to two important factors, both of which are readily apparent on this fine CD from Naxos. First and foremost, Reicha took great pains to write idiomatically for the instruments, instead of arbitrarily assigning musical lines to available registers without thought of timbres or special capabilities. His… See more details below

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The long success of Antoine Reicha's wind quintets is due to two important factors, both of which are readily apparent on this fine CD from Naxos. First and foremost, Reicha took great pains to write idiomatically for the instruments, instead of arbitrarily assigning musical lines to available registers without thought of timbres or special capabilities. His individualized treatment of the horn, flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon has recommended these pieces to wind players, who relish the opportunity to perform parts that lie well under the fingers, and music that really sounds like five interlocking solos. Secondly, Reicha sustains interest through unpredictability and variety (e.g., the constantly changing combinations in the "Wind Quintet in B flat major, Op. 88/5," and the surprisingly freewheeling counterpoint in the "Wind Quintet in C major, Op. 91/1," keep both performers and listeners engaged, in expectation of novelties at every turn). The five musicians plainly enjoy themselves here, and their enthusiasm for Reicha's exuberant music is almost tangible, if not contagious. In terms of technique, the Michael Thompson Wind Quintet is almost flawless, with only a few intonation or articulation problems in passing. Naxos provides extraordinarily clear sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943422724
catalogNumber:
8554227
Rank:
257061

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  1. Woodwind Quintet n B-flat major, Op.88/5  - Antoine Reicha  -  Michael Thompson Wind Quintet
  2. Woodwind Quintet in C major, Op.91/1  - Antoine Reicha  -  Michael Thompson Wind Quintet

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