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When Angels Speak / Manhattan Wind Quintet

Release Date: 08/19/1997 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 246   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Judith Lang ZaimontPeter SusserStephen WisnerDavid Maslanka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Wind Quintet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Accessible new music for winds.

The Manhattan Wind Quintet was founded in 1985, while several of its members were earning degrees at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and playing in the prestigious National Orchestral Association. From the beginning, the ensemble has been active in advancing the cause of new music for winds. It is not surprising then, that this, their first recording, is a collection of contemporary works composed by young Americans with whom they have collaborated over the years. Judith Zaimont composed When Angels Speak during November and December 1987, while she was flat on her back recovering from a broken leg. It is an 11 minute work, in one movement with four large sections. From the
Read more beginning it was conceived as an ensemble work, using the five players almost all the time, almost as a miniature band. Since 1992 she has been professor of composition at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis. Peter Susser composed his Till Drumlin Waves in 1989. Today he is a member of the faculties of Columbia University and the School of Continuing Education at New York University. The composer Stephen Wisner wrote his Nocturne for Wind Quintet in August 1993 in honor of his mother who had recently died. "My objective was to commemorate my mother with an enjoyable and romantic piece, they type she would have enjoyed. The music of mine that she liked best involved uncomplicated key signatures and pretty melodies. I have incorporated one of her favorite melodies into this Nocturne: the "Children's Prayer" from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel." Wisner studied at the University of Michigan with Leslie Bassett and William Bolcom. He is a professional bassoonist. David Maslanka's Quintet No. 2 for Winds was commissioned by the Manhattan Wind Quintet, which gave the work its first performance in 1987 at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York City. It has three movements. David Maslanka currently lives and composes on a ranch in Missoula, Montana.
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Works on This Recording

When Angels Speak by Judith Lang Zaimont
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Wind Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Till Drumlin Waves by Peter Susser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Wind Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
Nocturne for Wind Quintet by Stephen Wisner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Wind Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Quintet for Winds no 2 by David Maslanka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Wind Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 

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