Music for Five Winds
Coviello Classics COV91714

Atéa Wind Quintet
Alena Lugovkina (flute); Anna Hashimoto (clarinet); Ashley Myall (bassoon); Chris Beagles (french horn); Philip Haworth (oboe)
rec. St. Mary’s Perivale, UK, 2016
rel. 14 mai 2017

 

 

 

  1. Taffanel (1844-1908) : Quintette (1876) [22:23]
    Written in 1876, we got such good feedback on our performance of this at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Denmark in 2015 (where we ended up double prize winners!) that we decided that we just had to include it.
  2. Jean Francaix (1912-1997) : Quintette à vents no.2 (1987) [20:09]
    This work is less commonly performed than Francaix’s 1st Quintet however is deserving of much more frequent outings, we believe the music captures a real emotional depth, with lamenting Cor Anglais solos as well as Francaix’s usual jaunty and unpredictable character.
  3. Zemlinsky (1871-1942) : Humoreske (1939) [4:28]
    Zemlinsky wrote his Humoresque at a somewhat low point in his career, he’d moved to America and was short of funds and decided to return to a more conventional tonal language in the hope of being more widely published.
    Sadly this didn’t work and this piece, one of his final compositions, wasn’t published until the late 1970’s. Charming, humerous, virtuosic and characterful it really captures a lot of the colours and characters of the wind quintet.
  4. Eugène Bozza (1905-1991) : Trois Pièces pour une Musique de Nuit (1954) [6:08]
    Entitled 3 Pièces pour Une Musique de Nuit, this work we heard performed by a student group that we were coaching at the Birmingham Conservatoire and we simply fell in love with it.
  5. Mike Mower (b.1982) : Jazz Suite (2013) [18:06]
    The newest of the works on the CD, we’ve performed this new commission several times and think it really deserves to be recorded.
    Written by Mike Mower, the gifted composer as well as world class Jazz Flautist (and Saxophone and Clarinet player and arranger and everything else!).
    With each movement in a different jazz idiom, this suite is unrelentingly virtuosic and incredibly enjoyable to listen to.