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Krommer: Partitas For Wind Ensemble Vol 3 / Michael Thompson


Release Date: 11/20/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554226   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Krommer
Performer:  Philip TarltonTimothy MallettRichard BerryNicholas Carpenter,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Thompson Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


When Franz Krommer wrote the three wind partitas presented on this recording (between 1808 and 1810) the Harmonie-Musik tradition was waning, making these some of the last examples of this once widely-practiced genre. Scored for pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns, and bassoons, they gain added ceremonial nobility with the addition of contra-bassoon. Listeners new to this music also will note the high, penetrating clarinet parts in C for the Op. 76 Partita and the many flamboyant arpeggio passages for second horn throughout Op. 69. Both techniques recall outdoor styles of the late 1700s.


These new performances by the Michael Thompson Wind Ensemble are of very high order and have
Read more been pleasingly recorded in a bright-sounding church acoustic that suits this extrovert music particularly well. This account of Op. 79 supplants an older analog version by the Nash Ensemble, with well-focused if quite closely miked sound and playing that's more technically refined and better blended. Op. 76 has been recorded previously by the Meyer Wind Ensemble for EMI, but that performance is outclassed here by superior playing and a brilliant sense of comedy. For an enticing sample, try the final Rondo! Highly recommended.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Octet-Partita in C major, Op. 76 by Franz Krommer
Performer:  Philip Tarlton (Bassoon), Timothy Mallett (Contrabassoon), Richard Berry (French Horn),
Nicholas Carpenter (Clarinet), Antony Pay (Clarinet), Derek Wickens (Oboe),
John Price (Bassoon), Michael Winfield (Oboe), Michael Thompson (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Thompson Wind Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St Paul's Church, Rusthall, Kent 
Length: 20 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2. Octet-Partita in E flat major, Op. 79 by Franz Krommer
Performer:  Timothy Mallett (Contrabassoon), Michael Winfield (Oboe), Richard Berry (French Horn),
John Price (Bassoon), Nicholas Carpenter (Clarinet), Michael Thompson (French Horn),
Antony Pay (Clarinet), Philip Tarlton (Bassoon), Derek Wickens (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Thompson Wind Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St Paul's Church, Rusthall, Kent 
Length: 22 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3. Octet-Partita in E flat major, Op. 71 by Franz Krommer
Performer:  Antony Pay (Clarinet), Michael Winfield (Oboe), Nicholas Carpenter (Clarinet),
Philip Tarlton (Bassoon), Michael Thompson (French Horn), Derek Wickens (Oboe),
John Price (Bassoon), Timothy Mallett (Contrabassoon), Richard Berry (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Thompson Wind Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St Paul's Church, Rusthall, Kent 
Length: 21 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Partita in E flat major, Op. 69: I. Allegro
Partita in E flat major, Op. 69: II. Andante cantabile
Partita in E flat major, Op. 69: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
Partita in E flat major, Op. 69: IV. Rondo: Allegretto
Partita in C major, Op. 76: I. Allegro con brio
Partita in C major, Op. 76: II. Adagio
Partita in C major, Op. 76: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
Partita in C major, Op. 76: IV. Rondo: Allegro
Partita in E flat major, Op. 79: I. Allegro
Partita in E flat major, Op. 79: II. Menuetto: Allegretto
Partita in E flat major, Op. 79: III. Andante Allegretto
Partita in E flat major, Op. 79: IV. Allegro assai

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