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20th Century Miniatures - Ibert, Et Al / London Wind Trio


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 13   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jacques IbertDarius MilhaudHenri TomasiFrancis Poulenc,   ... 
Performer:  Roger BirnstinglNeil BlackKeith Puddy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Wind Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A winning combination: the sunniest [piece] pieces, charmingly performed and superbly recorded.

After Mozart, it is the 20th-century French school of woodwind writing that holds the palm for sheer felicity, just as English orchestral players, with their individuality of style and personality, can often upstage their French colleagues for affectionately subtle characterisation in its performance. The present three soloists are as expert individually as they are perfectly blended as a group, and the result here (with absolutely truthful recording) is very entertaining indeed.

The wit and charm of Ibert's Cinq pieces have long made them favourites of the wind trio repertoire, with the perky Poulenc Sonata
Read more with its dolorous central 'Nocturne' (tres doux) not far behind. Milhaud's Pastorale is more audaciously prolix, but his Suite d'apres Corrette has a disarming simplicity, yet brings delicious passing dissonances in its 'Menuet', before 'Le coucou' carols us back into spring. Tomasi's rustic Concert champetre is hardly less engaging, with its wry 'Nocturne' interrupting the geniality before the folksy closing Vif.

Villa-Lobos's Trio is the most substantial piece here, and the most fascinatingly complex in its rhythmic and harmonic texture. Its bouncing, interweaving ostinatos surely suggest the exotic, ever-present sounds of the Brazilian jungle - the haunting central Languissamente, for example, makes a dark, tropical nocturne, while the backgound energy is always left unsubdued. It cannot be easy to play, yet it is presented here with great assurance and total identity with its vivid colouring and atmosphere. A splendid collection, highly recommended.'

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [4/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1. Pieces (5) in Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  Roger Birnstingl (Bassoon), Neil Black (Oboe), Keith Puddy (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Wind Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
2. Pastorale for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, Op. 147 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Keith Puddy (Clarinet), Neil Black (Oboe), Roger Birnstingl (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Wind Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Paris, France 
3. Concert champêtre by Henri Tomasi
Performer:  Keith Puddy (Clarinet), Roger Birnstingl (Bassoon), Neil Black (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Wind Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
4. Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Roger Birnstingl (Bassoon), Keith Puddy (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Wind Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922/1945; France 
5. Suite d'après Corrette for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, Op. 161b by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Roger Birnstingl (Bassoon), Neil Black (Oboe), Keith Puddy (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Wind Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
6. Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, W 182 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Neil Black (Oboe), Roger Birnstingl (Bassoon), Keith Puddy (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Wind Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Brazil 

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