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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 existing

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
Label:
Summit(Classical)
UPC:
0099402513928
catalogNumber:
513
Rank:
91665

Tracks

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

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