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Melos Ensemble
Release Date: 03/22/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 18414   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz SchubertLudwig van BeethovenFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Gervase de PeyerLamar CrowsonCecil AronowitzManoug Parikian,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London MembersMelos Ensemble London
Number of Discs: 11 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Melos Ensemble was formed by musicians who wanted to play chamber music scored for a larger ensemble in a combination of strings, winds and other instruments with the quality of musical rapport only regular groups can achieve.

All its members were excellent musicians who held positions in notable orchestras and appeared as soloists. The clarinettist Gervase de Peyer, flautist Richard Adeney, viola player Cecil Aronowitz and cellist Terence Weil were the founding members.

Planned as a group of twelve players - string quintet, wind quintet with piano and harp - this could be expanded by other players to perform an enormous range of works from Mozart through the classics and romantics of Beethoven, Schubert,
Read more Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms to Bartók, Janá?ek, Nielsen, Poulenc and Khatchaturian. They also gave first performances and then recorded works by four then young British composers: Richard Rodney Bennett, Harrison Birtwistle, Gordon Crosse and Peter Maxwell Davies.

The principal musicians who joined the initial four were the violinists Emanuel Hurwitz and Ivor McMahon, double bass player Adrian Beers, oboist Peter Graeme, horn player Neil Sanders, bassoonist William Waterhouse, pianist Lamar Crowson and harpist Osian Ellis.

Many of the recordings are classics of the Gramophone and have been rarely out of the catalogue. Here is a set bringing together all their recordings made during those fifteen halcyon years of glorious music-making.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London Members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Lamar Crowson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London Members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1966 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
3.
Septet in E flat major, Op. 20 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 39 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1968 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 32 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
Octet for Winds in E flat major, Op. 103 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1792-93; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 22 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Octet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Strings in F major, D 803/Op. 166 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1967 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 56 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7.
Adagio and Rondo Concertante for Piano and Strings in F major, D 487 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Lamar Crowson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London Members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1/1966 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
8.
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Sextet for 2 Horns and Strings in E flat major, Op. 81b by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1795; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Rondino for Wind Octet in E flat major, WoO 25 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Duets (3) for Clarinet and Bassoon, WoO 27: no 1 in C major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810-1815; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
14.
Märchenerzählungen for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132 by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
15.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London Members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
16.
March for 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns in B flat major, WoO 29 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, Op. 146: 2nd movement, Vivace by Max Reger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Germany 
18.
Septet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass in B flat major "Grand" by Franz Berwald
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1828; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  London, England 
19.
Double Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 65 by Louis Spohr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Kassel, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  London, England 
20.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat major, J 182/Op. 34 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  London, England 
21.
Youth by Leos Janácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 12/1966 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 51 Secs. 
22.
In the mists by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Lamar Crowson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London Members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 12/1966 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 15 Minutes 51 Secs. 
23.
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Lamar Crowson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 12/1966 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 46 Secs. 
24.
Quintet for Winds, Op. 43 by Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 12/1967 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 58 Secs. 
25.
Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
26.
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; France 
27.
Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922/1945; France 
28.
Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon by Jean Françaix
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; France 
29.
Divertissement for Bassoon and String Quintet by Jean Françaix
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; France 
30.
Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Darius Milhaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
31.
Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Budapest, Hungary 
32.
Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USSR 
33.
Overture on Hebrew Themes for Clarinet, String Quartet and Piano in C minor, Op. 34 by Sergei Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
34.
Octet for Wind Quartet and String Quartet, A/K 30 by Nikos Skalkottas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Berlin, Germany 
35.
Variations (8) for Piano and Strings on a Greek Folk Tune, A/K 43 by Nikos Skalkottas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Athens, Greece 
36.
Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K 498 "Kegelstatt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecil Aronowitz (Viola), Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet), Lamar Crowson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London Members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1963 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
37.
Octet for Clarinet, 2 Horns and Strings in E major, Op. 32 by Louis Spohr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Germany 
38.
Calendar by Richard Rodney Bennett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960 
Date of Recording: 12/1963 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
39.
Concerto Da Camera by Gordon Crosse
Performer:  Manoug Parikian (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962 
Date of Recording: 2/23/1967 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
40.
Tragoedia by Harrison Birtwistle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; England 
41.
Leopardi Fragments by Peter Maxwell Davies
Performer:  Mary Thomas (Soprano), Rosemary Phillips (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961-1961 
Date of Recording: 12/1963 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
42.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, F 20 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
43.
Quintet for Oboe and Strings, F 21 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
44.
Conversations, F 16 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; England 

Sound Samples

Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581 (1989 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Menuetto
Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581 (1989 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegretto con variazioni
Piano Quintet in A, D.667 'The Trout' (2010 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro vivace
Piano Quintet in A, D.667 'The Trout' (2010 Digital Remaster): II. Andante
Piano Quintet in A, D.667 'The Trout' (2010 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Presto)
Piano Quintet in A, D.667 'The Trout' (2010 Digital Remaster): IV. Tema (Andantino) con variazioni 1-6
Piano Quintet in A, D.667 'The Trout' (2010 Digital Remaster): V. Finale (Allegro giusto)
Adagio & Rondo concertante in F, D.487 (2011 Digital Remaster): Adagio
Adagio & Rondo concertante in F, D.487 (2011 Digital Remaster): Rondo concertante
Quintet in E Flat for Piano & Wind, K.452 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Largo - Allegro moderato
Quintet in E Flat for Piano & Wind, K.452 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Quintet in E Flat for Piano & Wind, K.452 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Allegretto)
Quintet in E Flat for Piano & Wind, Op.16 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
Quintet in E Flat for Piano & Wind, Op.16 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Andante cantabile
Quintet in E Flat for Piano & Wind, Op.16 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
Sextet in E Flat Major, Op.81b (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro con brio
Sextet in E Flat Major, Op.81b (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Sextet in E Flat Major, Op.81b (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Allegro)
March for Sextet in B Flat Major (1810), WoO 29 (1998 Digital Remaster)
Rondino in E Flat Major, WoO 25 (1998 Digital Remaster)

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