Retrospectacular

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402513928
  • Catalog Number: 513
  • Sales rank: 372,244

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pièces brèves (3), for wind quintet: Allegro - Jacques Ibert & Dorian Wind Quintet (2:14)
    Composed byJacques Ibert
  2. 2 Quinteto em forme de choros, for flute, oboe, clarinet, English horn (or French horn) & bassoon, A. 231 - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Dorian Wind Quintet (9:20)
    Composed byHeitor Villa-Lobos
  3. 3 Woodwind Quintet in E minor, Op. 88/1: 1. Introduction: Allegro ma non troppo - Antoine Reicha & Dorian Wind Quintet (7:03)
    Composed byAntoine Reicha
  4. 4 Pastorale, song without words for violin & woodwind quartet - Igor Stravinsky & Dorian Wind Quintet (2:05)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
  5. 5 Woodwind Quintet in E flat major, Op. 88/2: 4. Finale: Allegro molto (Original) - Antoine Reicha & Dorian Wind Quintet (4:40)
    Composed byAntoine Reicha
  6. 6 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach & Henry Brant (1:57)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  7. 7 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 1 a 1 Clavier - Johann Sebastian Bach & Henry Brant (1:04)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  8. 8 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 6 a 1 Clavier - Johann Sebastian Bach & Henry Brant (1:15)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  9. 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 (1:07)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  10. 10 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 25 a 2 Clavier - Johann Sebastian Bach & Henry Brant (3:55)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  11. 11 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 30 - Quodlibet a 1 Clavier - Johann Sebastian Bach & Henry Brant (1:13)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  12. 12 Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dorian Wind Quintet (3:22)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  13. 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 (1:42)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  14. 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 (5:01)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  15. 15 Quintet for winds, Op 95: 1. Allegro moderato - Josef Bohuslav Foerster & Dorian Wind Quintet (4:08)
    Composed byJosef Bohuslav Foerster
  16. 16 Quintet for winds, Op 95: 2. Andante sostenuto - Josef Bohuslav Foerster & Dorian Wind Quintet (6:08)
    Composed byJosef Bohuslav Foerster
  17. 17 Wind Quintet No. 4: 2. Scherzo - George Perle & Dorian Wind Quintet (5:17)
    Composed byGeorge Perle
  18. 18 Wind Quintet No. 4: 3. Pastorale - George Perle & Dorian Wind Quintet (5:42)
    Composed byGeorge Perle
Disc 2
  1. 1 String Quintet in E flat major (after the Octet, Op. 103), Op. 4: 4. Finale: Presto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Dorian Wind Quintet (6:38)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
  2. 2 Woodwind Quintet in D major, Op. 99/4: 1. Andante: Allegro spiritoso - Antoine Reicha & Dorian Wind Quintet (7:17)
    Composed byAntoine Reicha
  3. 3 Woodwind Quintet in D major, Op. 99/4: 2. Poco lento - Antoine Reicha & Dorian Wind Quintet (5:51)
    Composed byAntoine Reicha
  4. 4 Prelude and Fugue, for organ in D minor ("Fiddle;" doubtful), BWV 539 (BC J15, 71) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dorian Wind Quintet (7:56)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  5. 5 La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205: Cortège - Darius Milhaud & Darius Milhaud (1:57)
    Composed byDarius Milhaud
  6. 6 La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205: Aubade - Darius Milhaud & Darius Milhaud (1:42)
    Composed byDarius Milhaud
  7. 7 La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205: Jongleurs - Darius Milhaud & Darius Milhaud (1:13)
    Composed byDarius Milhaud
  8. 8 La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205: La Maousinglade - Darius Milhaud & Darius Milhaud (2:24)
    Composed byDarius Milhaud
  9. 9 La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205: Chasse à Valabre - Darius Milhaud & Darius Milhaud (1:36)
    Composed byDarius Milhaud
  10. 10 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 (4:03)
    Composed byRichard Rodney Bennett
  11. 11 Anniversary Variations on a Theme of Reicha: Var. 2: Four Variations, for wind quintet (part of collaborative work) - George Perle & Dorian Wind Quintet (2:48)
    Composed byGeorge Perle
  12. 12 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 (4:25)
    Composed byBilly Childs
  13. 13 Anniversary Variations on a Theme of Reicha: Var. 4: Draino Variation, for wind quintet (part of collaborative work) - Bruce Adolphe & Dorian Wind Quintet (3:40)
    Composed byBruce Adolphe
  14. 14 Anniversary Variations on a Theme of Reicha: Var. 5: Finale: Andante - Lento, for wind quintet (part of collaborative work) - Lee Hoiby & Dorian Wind Quintet (5:25)
    Composed byLee Hoiby
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Performance Credits
Dorian Wind Quintet Primary Artist
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