Retrospectacular

Retrospectacular

by Dorian Wind Quintet
     
 

The Dorian Wind Quintet, formed at the Tanglewood music festival in Massachusetts in 1961, has continued to exist through several cycles of personnel changes. The idea of the ensemble, which is what endures through those changes, is perhaps an across-the-board ambition for the wind quintet repertory: the group has played existingSee more details below

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The Dorian Wind Quintet, formed at the Tanglewood music festival in Massachusetts in 1961, has continued to exist through several cycles of personnel changes. The idea of the ensemble, which is what endures through those changes, is perhaps an across-the-board ambition for the wind quintet repertory: the group has played existing wind quintet repertory, commissioned arrangements of works in other media (including a late Beethoven string quartet and the Bach "Goldberg Variations" excerpted here), premiered new works, and dug into the archives to find obscure but worthy wind pieces. All those efforts are in evidence on this two-disc "Tetrospectacular," but that's not what makes it really unusual among releases of this kind. It's hard to think of another album collecting the playing of an ensemble over the years that does what this one does: with the exception of a pair of demo recordings made shortly after the group's formation, the music heard here was all recorded before live audiences. The aim of demonstrating the quintet's artistic ambitions took priority over sonic considerations; a 1973 recording of the Reicha "Quintet for winds in E flat major, Op. 88/2," was included despite poor sound because the group chose to perform the original score instead of the shortened version that's usually heard. The Dorian Wind Quintet has had several members who have gone on to individual prominence, and there are moments of impressive individual virtuosity, like the horn work of David Jolley in the finale of the wind arrangement of Beethoven's "String Quintet in E flat major, Op. 4" (itself a reworking of an early wind quintet). But what makes this release stand out is its refusal to remove the music to an abstract realm, divorced from the production of sound in front of an audience. The notes trace the group's journeys of musical discovery as well as the history of its composition, and the cover photo, showing the current members in color with black-and-white images of their predecessors in the background, seems as though it would be corny but is quite effective.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
Label:
Summit(Classical)
UPC:
0099402513928
catalogNumber:
513
Rank:
234174

Tracks

  1. Pièces brèves (3), for wind quintet: Allegro  - Jacques Ibert  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  2. Quinteto em forme de choros, for flute, oboe, clarinet, English horn (or French horn) & bassoon, A. 231  - Heitor Villa-Lobos  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  3. Woodwind Quintet in E minor, Op. 88/1: 1. Introduction: Allegro ma non troppo  - Antoine Reicha  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  4. Pastorale, song without words for violin & woodwind quartet  - Igor Stravinsky  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  5. Woodwind Quintet in E flat major, Op. 88/2: 4. Finale: Allegro molto (Original)  - Antoine Reicha  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  6. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Henry Brant  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  7. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 1 a 1 Clavier  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Henry Brant  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  8. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 6 a 1 Clavier  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Henry Brant  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  9. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 23 a 1 Clavier - Canone alla seconda  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Henry Brant  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  10. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 25 a 2 Clavier  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Henry Brant  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  11. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 30 - Quodlibet a 1 Clavier  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Henry Brant  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  12. Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Dorian Wind Quintet  - Mordechai Rechtman
  13. Fughetta super Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot, for organ (Clavier-Übung III/11), BWV 679 (BC K11)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Dorian Wind Quintet  - Mordechai Rechtman
  14. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (II), chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle No. 8), BWV 659 (BC K82)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Dorian Wind Quintet  - Mordechai Rechtman
  15. Quintet for winds, Op 95: 1. Allegro moderato  - Josef Bohuslav Foerster  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  16. Quintet for winds, Op 95: 2. Andante sostenuto  - Josef Bohuslav Foerster  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  17. Wind Quintet No. 4: 2. Scherzo  - George Perle  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  18. Wind Quintet No. 4: 3. Pastorale  - George Perle  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  19. String Quintet in E flat major (after the Octet, Op. 103), Op. 4: 4. Finale: Presto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Dorian Wind Quintet  - Mordechai Rechtman
  20. Woodwind Quintet in D major, Op. 99/4: 1. Andante: Allegro spiritoso  - Antoine Reicha  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  21. Woodwind Quintet in D major, Op. 99/4: 2. Poco lento  - Antoine Reicha  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  22. Prelude and Fugue, for organ in D minor ("Fiddle;" doubtful), BWV 539 (BC J15, 71)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Dorian Wind Quintet  - Mordechai Rechtman
  23. La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205: Cortège  - Darius Milhaud  - Darius Milhaud  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  24. La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205: Aubade  - Darius Milhaud  - Darius Milhaud  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  25. La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205: Jongleurs  - Darius Milhaud  - Darius Milhaud  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  26. La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205: La Maousinglade  - Darius Milhaud  - Darius Milhaud  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  27. La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205: Chasse à Valabre  - Darius Milhaud  - Darius Milhaud  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  28. Anniversary Variations on a Theme of Reicha: Theme: Andante Grazioso / Var. 1: Con eleganza, for wind quintet (part of collaborative  - Richard Rodney Bennett  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  29. Anniversary Variations on a Theme of Reicha: Var. 2: Four Variations, for wind quintet (part of collaborative work)  - George Perle  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  30. Anniversary Variations on a Theme of Reicha: Var. 3: Variation on a Reicha Theme, for wind quintet (part of collaborative work)  - Billy Childs  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  31. Anniversary Variations on a Theme of Reicha: Var. 4: Draino Variation, for wind quintet (part of collaborative work)  - Bruce Adolphe  -  Dorian Wind Quintet
  32. Anniversary Variations on a Theme of Reicha: Var. 5: Finale: Andante - Lento, for wind quintet (part of collaborative work)  -  Dorian Wind Quintet  - Lee Hoiby

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