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Music for Winds / London Winds


Release Date: 10/30/2015 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 18076   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  György LigetiSamuel BarberCarl NielsenPaul Hindemith,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Winds
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The ensemble London Winds, praised by BBC Music for its ‘technical accomplishment, expressive commitment and warmth of timbre’, presents in this recording great twentieth-century works for winds.

It features music by Hindemith, Nielsen, and Janácek, and, from the next generation, Barber and Ligeti. Although not equally prolific (Kleine Kammermusik is Hindemith’s single contribution to that genre while winds are generally more prominent in Nielsen’s music), all these composers brought the wind repertoire back to prominence, after a quiet period of more than a century. The music is full of playfulness and European folk colours.

A stunning combination of virtuoso players who also enjoy active solo careers,
Read more the ensemble London Winds is renowned for its technical brilliance, interpretative vision, and joie de vivre. Founded in 1988 by the British clarinettist Michael Collins, the group rapidly became one of the world’s most prominent chamber ensembles.

Review:

There's plenty of personality in the playing here, with much wit in the Allegro ben moderato and the charming minuet. London Winds deliver an exuberant account, surpassing my previous favorite, the Michael Thompson Wind Quintet.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Bagatelles (6) for Wind Quintet by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Michael Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Winds
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Hungary 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Central 
Length: 11 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Summer Music, Op. 31 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Michael Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Winds
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Central 
Length: 11 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Quintet for Winds, Op. 43 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Michael Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Winds
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Denmark 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Central 
Length: 15 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Kleine Kammermusik for Wind Quintet, Op. 24 no 2 by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Michael Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Winds
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Central 
Length: 12 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Mládí (Youth), suite for wind sextet, JW 7/10 by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Michael Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Winds
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1924 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Central 
Length: 16 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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