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Dvorák: Serenade For Winds; Janacek, Enescu / Oslo Soloists

Release Date: 04/11/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554173   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákLeos JanácekGeorge Enescu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is good. Very good. Not only does this disc offer an imaginative array of first-class wind music, the performances are well nigh ideal. Dvorák's Serenade has just the right "outdoors" quality, a freshness of rhythm and, in the slow movement, a lyrical serenity that's totally delightful. Better still, the recording captures the work perfectly: not so close that we're serenaded by clicking valves and gasping musicians, not so far that the distinctive wind timbres congeal into a sonic fog. Better still, the horns are ideally balanced and integrated into the ensemble, rather than positioned as a trio of soloists in their own acoustic (as so often happens). Georges Enescu's Dixtuor is an elusive
Read more masterwork, and the Oslo players clarify its complex but luminous textures by stressing the music's gentle, bittersweet lyricism. I've never heard it sound so purposeful or so melodically appealing. As for "Youth", Janácek's 70th birthday present to himself--well, it sounds as buoyant and vivacious as its title, the crucial writing for low instruments (bassoon and bass clarinet) being captured with special vividness. This is a disc that you will want to listen to again and again, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Youth by Leos Janácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Brno, Czech Republic 
Decet for Winds in D major, Op. 14 by George Enescu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Romania 

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