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Mozart: Quintettes dedies a Haydn / Pentaedre


Release Date: 09/20/2019 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2756  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentačdre
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Canadian wind ensemble Pentaedre presents a new take on Mozart’s six quartets dedicated to Haydn. These works are featured in new arrangements by Geoffrey Emerson and ensemble members Matthieu Lussier, Martin Carpentier, and Normand Forget and are presented in a deluxe set. “The dearth of real wind quintets by Mozart- owing to the fact that this grouping of instruments did not really become popular until after his death- prompted us to complete the work begun 40 years ago by the tireless Geoffrey Emerson,” writes bassoonist Mathieu Lussier. A unique ensemble on the Canadian musical landscape, Pentaedre explores a diversified and original chamber music repertoire, developed in the tradition of music for winds. Founded in 1985, the five Read more musicians forming the quintet are recognized for the talent, technique, precision and color they bring to their performances. The past ten years have seen Pentaedre inviting renowned guest artists while pursuing collaborations with world-renowned chamber ensembles. Pentaedre has toured extensively across Canada, and also in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

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REVIEW:

Any good string quartet will blend because of the similarity of their acoustics; it’s harder for wind ensembles because three different kinds of instruments, each producing their sound in a different way, must equalize themselves. Pentaèdre often sounds like one large instrument in perfect sync with itself and with Mozart. And those familiar with these quartets will gain a deeper understanding of what actually is going on in this music. Enthusiastically recommended.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in G major, K 387 "Spring" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentačdre
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arr. by Geoffrey Emerson. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentačdre
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arr. by Martin Carpentier. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in E flat major, K 428 (421b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentačdre
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arr. by Mattieu Lussier. 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentačdre
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arr. by Geoffrey Emerson. 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 18 in A major, K 464 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentačdre
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arr. by Normand Forget. 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentačdre
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arr. by Geoffrey Emerson. 

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