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Reicha: Woodwind Quintets Vol 12 / Westwood Wind Quintet

Reicha / Westwood Wind Quintet
Release Date: 10/04/2011 
Label:  Crystal   Catalog #: 272   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antoine Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



REICHA Wind Quintets: No. 5 in a; No. 6 in B? Westwood Wind Qnt CRYSTAL CD 272 (78:16)


Anton Reicha (1770–1836) was born in Prague but moved to Bonn when he was 10. After attending the university there, he moved to Vienna, where he studied music with Salieri and Albrechtsberger. Later, he moved to Paris and eventually became a naturalized French citizen. He spent the rest of his life there. He was Beethoven’s contemporary, and the two composers were friends. In 1818, Reicha was appointed professor of Read more counterpoint and fugue at the Paris Conservatory. While there, he wrote important papers on various aspects of composing. He was far ahead of his time in some ways; he was known to discuss the possibilities of using polytonality and even microtones. He also taught a number of major composers including Liszt, Gounod, Franck, and Berlioz. Reicha is best remembered for his contributions to the literature for wind quintet. He wrote more than 20 of them for a quintet made up of the most eminent professors who taught wind instruments at the Paris Conservatory. Obviously, Reicha had a high level of performance in mind when he wrote the works, because they are among the most difficult wind quintets to be found in the repertoire from this period.


The Westwood Wind Quintet has released a number of Reicha recordings. On this latest disc, Volume 12, all the players perform with consummate artistry. John Barcellona’s flute obbligatos are wonderfully clean and well articulated. Oboist Peter Christ and clarinetist William Helmers play with richness as well as agility. Hornist Calvin Smith plays with the smoothness of whipped cream, and bassoonist Patricia Nelson gives a resonant depth to the harmonies. Westwood’s artists have carefully researched the composer’s notations on metronome settings and have followed them as exactly as possible. There are comparable recordings, such as the Michael Thompson Quintet’s 2005 Naxos disc, which has a darker-timbred version of the A Minor. In 1993, the Schweitzer Group recorded all the Reicha quintets, but they play the music faster and with slender tones. None of these renditions embody the sheer joy that is heard on Westwood’s Volume 12.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Woodwind Quintet in A minor, Op. 100/5 by Antoine Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, Washington 
Length: 35 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Woodwind Quintet in B flat major, Op. 100/6 by Antoine Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, Washington 
Length: 17 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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