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Nielsen complete wind music Selandia Ensemble and guests  Kontrapunkt 32288 60 mins.

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1. Wind Chm Music - Comp Edition: Fantasy Piece For Clarinet & Pno
2. Fantasy Pieces For Ob & Pno: Romanze.
3. Fant Pieces For Ob & Pno: Humoresque.
4. Canto Serioso (1913) For French Hotn & Pno.
5. Serenata In Vano (1914). for clarinet, bassoon, French horn, double bass
6. Flute Solo
7. Three Pieces Exc 'Moderen' (The Mother): No.2: Taagen Letter... No.12: Bornene Leger...No.15: Tro Og Hab Spiller...
8. Wind Qnt, Op.43:
9. Blokflojter (For Two Recorders)

This is a very satisfying programme, which has arranged itself chronologically with just the right contrast of instrumentation. After the very early clarinet Fantasy Piece of 1881, which could be by anyone, those of 1889 for oboe, Op 2, show individuality and are played with conviction. The Serious Song for horn (1913) was an audition test piece, exploiting the lower registers required of candidates for the 2nd & 4th horn positions in the Royal Danish Orchestra. Next, the first of the two masterpieces which have established themselves in the repertoire, the Serenade of 1914 for three winds, cello and bass, a parody of an unsuccessful intended seduction by a group of bumbling players, probably under the influence, witty and charming. An impassioned group of pieces for flute (1919/20) leads to the famous Wind Quintet Op 43 (1922) in which Nielsen characterises humorously his musician friends for whom it was composed.

Well played and recorded, this is an enjoyable CD, which gives a good insight into the development of Carl Nielsen's very individual mature style.


Peter Grahame Woolf


Peter Grahame Woolf

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