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Reicha: 24 Woodwind Quintets / Westwood Wind Quintet


Release Date: 06/19/2012 
Label:  Crystal   Catalog #: 260   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Reicha
Performer:  John BarcellonaPeter ChristEugene ZoroPatricia Nelson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Number of Discs: 12 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



REICHA Wind Quintets (24) Westwood Qnt CRYSTAL CDS 261-272 (12 CDs: 825:15)


The Westwood Wind Quintet, which began to record all of Anton Reicha’s quintets in 2004, has now finished this enormous but fulfilling task. They really do have an important achievement. All 12 discs can now be had in a single box so that the woodwind fancier can have all of these wonderful works at hand. I might wish they were not in plastic cases, but that is a minor point. Not all of the instruments are played by the same Read more musicians for every quintet. Flutist John Barcellona, oboist Peter Christ, and bassoonist Patricia Nelson play on all the discs, but the clarinet and horn players change. Eugene Zoro plays the clarinet on Vols. 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7. William Helmers plays it on Vols. 2, 11, and 12. Richard Spece plays it on Vols. 3 and 8, while Dileep Gangolli plays it on Vols. 9 and 10. Calvin Smith plays the horn on Vols. 1, 2, 11, and 12. Charles Kavalovski plays it on Vols. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and10. Jack Herrick plays it on Vol. 6.


Reicha (1770–1836) composed a great deal of music but was inexplicably reticent about popularizing his compositions. He studied in Vienna with Antonio Salieri, among others, and became a lifelong friend of Beethoven, whom he met as a fellow student. Having met little success writing opera, Reicha moved to Paris in 1808. Because he was a truly gifted teacher, he was eventually appointed professor of counterpoint and fugue at the Paris Conservatory. The list of his pupils includes Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Charles Gounod, and César Franck. These days, Reicha is best known for the 24 wind quintets he composed between 1811 and 1820. They were played all across Europe. Concerning this period, he wrote that “There was a dearth not only of good classic music, but of any good music at all for wind instruments, simply because the composers knew little of their technique.” Reicha’s experience as a flutist was invaluable; his use of instrumental color looks forward to Berlioz. He understood the instruments in a way that most keyboard composers did not. His wind quintets are generally much more conservative than many of his earlier compositions, but they are never the least bit dull. He had an incredibly inventive mind and his compositions exude a robust vitality that comes from intimate familiarity with the instruments. He gives each of the players important material, and the members of the Westwood Quintet know exactly how to present it. Each of them plays with technical and stylistic ease as they toss Reicha’s beautiful melodies from one instrument to the next. There is considerable variation among the two dozen works, too.


Despite the ebullience of its performance, Westwood’s renditions take a bit longer to play than those of the Albert Schweitzer Quintet on its 10-disc 1995 CPO digital recording. Westwood, using 12 discs, plays the repeat sections that CPO omits and presents its work in clearer, more present, if a little bit dry sound.


FANFARE: Maria Nockin
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Works on This Recording

1. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 88: no 1 in E minor by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1817; France 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, Washington 
Length: 21 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 88: no 2 in E flat major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1817; France 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, Washington 
Length: 26 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 100: no 1 in F major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1820; France 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, WA 
Length: 15 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 100: no 2 in D minor by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1820; France 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, WA 
Length: 35 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 100: no 3 in E flat major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1820; France 
Length: 30 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 100: no 4 in E minor by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1820; France 
Length: 40 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 100: no 5 in A minor by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1820; France 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, Washington 
Length: 35 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 100: no 6 in B flat major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1820; France 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, Washington 
Length: 17 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 88: no 3 in G major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1817; France 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, WA 
Length: 25 Minutes 37 Secs. 
10. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 88: no 4 in D minor by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1817; France 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, WA 
Length: 30 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 88: no 5 in B flat major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1817; France 
12. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 88: no 6 in F major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1817; France 
13. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 91: no 1 in C major by Anton Reicha
Performer:  John Barcellona (Flute), Peter Christ (Oboe), Eugene Zoro (Clarinet),
Patricia Nelson (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1817-19; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
14. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 91: no 2 in A minor by Anton Reicha
Performer:  Peter Christ (Oboe), John Barcellona (Flute), Patricia Nelson (Bassoon),
Eugene Zoro (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1817-19; France 
Length: 14 Minutes 49 Secs. 
15. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 91: no 3 in D major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1817-19; France 
16. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 91: no 4 in G minor by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1817-19; France 
17. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 91: no 5 in A major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1817-19; France 
18. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 91: no 6 in C minor by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1817-19; France 
19. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 99: no 1 in C major by Anton Reicha
Performer:  Peter Christ (Oboe), Charles Kavalovski (French Horn), Eugene Zoro (Clarinet),
Patricia Nelson (Bassoon), John Barcellona (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1819; France 
Length: 37 Minutes 22 Secs. 
20. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 99: no 2 in F minor by Anton Reicha
Performer:  Eugene Zoro (Clarinet), Patricia Nelson (Bassoon), John Barcellona (Flute),
Peter Christ (Oboe), Charles Kavalovski (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1819; France 
Length: 34 Minutes 22 Secs. 
21. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 99: no 3 in F major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1819; France 
22. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 99: no 4 in D major by Anton Reicha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1819; France 
23. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 99: no 5 in B minor by Anton Reicha
Performer:  Dileep Gangoli (Clarinet), Charles Kavalovski (French Horn), Patricia Nelson (Bassoon),
John Barcellona (Flute), Peter Christ (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, Washington 
Length: 38 Minutes 39 Secs. 
24. Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 99: no 6 in G major by Anton Reicha
Performer:  Charles Kavalovski (French Horn), Peter Christ (Oboe), Patricia Nelson (Bassoon),
Dileep Gangoli (Clarinet), John Barcellona (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westwood Wind Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, Washington 
Length: 35 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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