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Rossini: Sonate A Quattro - Arrangement For Wind Quartet


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93764   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Henk De GraafJuliette HurelMartin Van Der MerweJohan Steinmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Ensemble Soloists
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rossini once described the quartets he wrote in three days when he was a 12-year-old as "dreadful". They're not. Lightweight? Yes. Charming? Yes. Saccharine? No. Great music? No. But as guilty pleasures go they're near the top of the pile, especially in this transcription for wind quartet--flute, clarinet, horn, and bassoon--where the timbral variety and piquant sound of the instruments lends a welcome edge to the works. All six quartets reveal a precocious melodic imagination; they're teeming with simple melodies that stick in the memory. Some movements anticipate the operatic arias. All six are brightly sunlit; this is music with nary a cloud in the sky.

Most of the pleasure derived from these pieces comes from the
Read more sheer beauty of the sound of the instruments, here played by wind players from the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Some movements might have benefited from a bit more rhythmic spring, but Rossini at his most sedate supplies enough to make this point irrelevant. The first five quartets follow similar structures--a longish first movement at a moderately fast tempo followed by brief Andante and Allegretto or Rondo movements. The two-movement Quartet No. 6 diverges from this, opening with a short Andante followed by a theme and variations movement that gives each of the instruments a chance to shine. The sound is excellent, timbres true and each instrument clearly caught whether alone or in ensemble.

--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata a quattro no 1 in G major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Henk De Graaf (Clarinet), Juliette Hurel (Flute), Martin Van Der Merwe (French Horn),
Johan Steinmann (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Ensemble Soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fredrick Berry. 
2.
Sonata a quattro no 2 in A major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Martin Van Der Merwe (French Horn), Johan Steinmann (Bassoon), Henk De Graaf (Clarinet),
Juliette Hurel (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Ensemble Soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fredrick Berry. 
3.
Sonata a quattro no 4 in B flat major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Juliette Hurel (Flute), Henk De Graaf (Clarinet), Johan Steinmann (Bassoon),
Martin Van Der Merwe (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Ensemble Soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
Length: 14 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fredrick Berry. 
4.
Sonata a quattro no 5 in E flat major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Johan Steinmann (Bassoon), Juliette Hurel (Flute), Henk De Graaf (Clarinet),
Martin Van Der Merwe (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Ensemble Soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
5.
Sonata a quattro no 6 in D major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Juliette Hurel (Flute), Henk De Graaf (Clarinet), Martin Van Der Merwe (French Horn),
Johan Steinmann (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Ensemble Soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
Length: 13 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fredrick Berry. 
6.
Andante, Theme and Variations for Flute, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in F major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Henk De Graaf (Clarinet), Martin Van Der Merwe (French Horn), Johan Steinmann (Bassoon),
Juliette Hurel (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Ensemble Soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fredrick Berry. 

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