Mladi: Works by Janacek, Martinu & Reicha

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Mladi: Works by Janacek, Martinu & Reicha

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Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 26th September 2011

Janacek, Leos
Mladi (Youth Suite), JWVII/10
Pochod Modracku
Martinu, Bohuslav
Sextet, H174
Reicha, Anton
Pieces (3) for Cor Anglais and Wind Quartet
Wind Quintet in E flat major, op.88 no.2
Marion Reinhard (bassoon), Manfred Preis (bass clarinet), Hendrik Heilmann (piano), Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
The eminent Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (BPWQ) has recorded a number of discs for BIS, with their latest CD here featuring three composers born in what is now the Czech Republic.

The disc opens with a wind quintet by Anton Reicha, who in the early 19th century ‘invented’ the entire genre, and closes with one of the absolute pinnacles in 20th-century chamber music for winds, namely Janáček’s Mládí (‘Youth’) from 1924.

Framed by these two is Martinů’s Sextet for piano and winds, written in Paris in 1929 and with echoes of both Bohemian music and jazz elements.

The only work here that is scored for ‘regular’ wind quintet is Reicha's Quintet in E flat major, which sits alongside three rarely heard works from Reicha which use a cor anglais instead of an oboe.

A duo for piccolo and piano is also included here: Janáček’s two-minute-long March of the Bluebirds, a work based on recollections of his youth.

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