Danses et Divertissements | BIS BISSACD1532

Danses et Divertissements


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BISSACD1532

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 29th June 2009



One of the world’s foremost wind quintets meets one of today’s finest pianists in a work that many consider to be the best work for piano and winds: Poulenc’s Sextet, as well as works by other French composers.

The composer himself called it ‘a homage to the wind instruments which I have loved from the moment I began composing’, and its cheeky character, virtuosic drive and catchy melodies are typical of his other writing for wind instruments. Poulenc also supplied the piano with a crucial – and virtuosic – part, however, including jazzy elements typical of the period as well as emotional outbursts in the manner of Rachmaninov.

Stephen Hough and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet have enjoyed a long collaboration and the players of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – who began performing as a group more than 20 years ago – once again demonstrate their supreme ability as ensemble players.

The combination of Stephen Hough and wind players from the BPO makes for sparkling performances” - Gramophone (on BISCD1552)

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