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Mozart, Janácek, Pirchner

Mozart Serenade in c-minor, Janácek Mládí, Pirchner Streichquartett für Bläserquintett.
The pieces in this programme represent highly contrasting examples of what might be termed the Central European tradition of wind music...
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Hindemith, Ligeti, Nielsen

Hindemith wrote his ´Little Chamber Music for Five Wind Instruments´ in 1922. The Quintet is one of the composer´s early works, but his characteristic style can still be heard in the rhythmic, harmonic and contrapuntal structure of the piece. The five movements are full of humour, wit and irony.

The Six Bagatelles were written between 1951 and 1953 and are based on six movements from Ligeti´s piano composition Musica Ricercata. Ligeti explores not only the tradition of Hungarian folk music but also the questions surrounding the compositional possibilities which arise from utilising a limited range of notes. Nielsen´s Wind Quintet was written in the same year as that of Hindemith´s Kleine Kammermusik. It was written for the Copenhagen Wind Quintet...
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Strauss in Vienna
Famous waltzes, marches and polkas by the Strauss family, Schrammel, Zemlinsky & Prinz

Even during their lifetimes the members of the Strauss family saw their vast number of dances and marches being performed by a bewildering combination of instruments. The rich melodic invention of their compositions has remained an attraction for arrangers in our own time, and among the most unusual and inventive are those for wind quintet, performed on this recording by the members of quintett.wien. The pieces on this collection combine more popular works with less familiar compositions from the heyday of Viennese light music.
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Haydn, Mozart, Danzi, Farkas,Takacs

"The performances reflect enjoyment in the whole exercise; the recording is bright and true. It is fun to listen to. This is also a record which could make cheerful background listening, which surely none of its composers would think wrong."
John Warrack, Gramophone
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