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Release Date: 08/18/2017 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 300974  
Composer:  Malcolm ArnoldJean FrançaixPaul HindemithCarl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Variation5
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Variation5'' is the title of the wind quintet's eponymous debut album - and variation5 is an ensemble if five very different characters, musicians who as winners of first prize in the ARD Music Competition are united by one thing: rather than cling to traditional performance practice and repertoire, they create new and exciting programmes and present them in their own cheeky, youthful, laid-back manner. This first joint album of theirs gives the five musicians the chance to present modern 20th century classics for wind ensemble. They push atonal preconceptions to one side; the works are catchy and offer auditory variety as well as a relaxed balance of sound such as has rarely, if ever been heard before. The five wind musicians - Magali Read more Mosnier, Ramon Ortega-Quer, Sebastian Manz, David Fernandez Alonso and Marc Trenel are anything but your typical ''classical-music nerds''. The assumption that a wind quintet represents an exceptionally difficult combination is one they can confidently debut: they are so well attuned to one another that their instruments fall into harmony with one another and sound, when played together, almost like an organ. That gives the ensemble a unique authority of its own. Read less

Works on This Recording

Shanties (3) for Wind Quintet, Op. 4 by Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Variation5
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Quintet for Winds no 1 by Jean Françaix
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Variation5
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; France 
Kleine Kammermusik for Wind Quintet, Op. 24 no 2 by Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Variation5
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
Quintet for Winds, Op. 43 by Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Variation5
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Denmark 

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