Beethoven, Caplet, Farrenc, Mozart, Poulenc, Rimsky-Korsakov, Roussel, Thuille - Winds & Piano - Les Vents Francais - 2014 (FLAC, 24BIT – 44KHZ)

Beethoven, Caplet, Farrenc, Mozart, Poulenc, Rimsky-Korsakov, Roussel, Thuille – Winds & Piano – Les Vents Francais – 2014 (FLAC, 24BIT – 44KHZ)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, André Caplet, Jeanne Louise Farrenc, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc, Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky Korsakov, Albert Roussel, Ludwig Thuille
Orchestra: Les Vents Français
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Les Vents Francais / Winds & Piano (2014)

Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)

Sextet FP100 (1932)

01. I. Allegro vivace 7.18
02. II. Divertissement: Andantino 4.12
03. III. Finale: Prestissimo 5.21

Louise Farrenc (1804–1875)

Sextet in C minor Op.40 (1852)

04. I. Allegro 11.28
05. II. Andante sostenuto 5.29
06. III. Allegro vivace 6.26

Albert Roussel (1869–1937)

07. Divertissement Op.6 for piano and wind quintet (1906) 6.33

André Caplet (1878–1925)

Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano (1899)

08. I. Allegro brillamente 7.57
09. II. Adagio 6.15
10. III. Scherzo 4.01
11. IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco 7.24

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

Quintet in E flat K452 for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano (1784)

12. I. Largo – Allegro moderato 10.16
13. II. Larghetto 8.27
14. III. Allegretto 5.44

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Quintet in E flat Op.16 for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano (1796)

15. I. Allegro, ma non troppo 13.41
16. II. Andante cantabile 7.25
17. III. Allegro, ma non troppo 5.37

Ludwig Thuille (1861–1907)

Sextet in B flat Op.6 for piano and wind quintet (1888)

18. I. Allegro moderato 10.18
19. II. Larghetto 6.54
20. III. Gavotte: Andante quasi allegretto 3.25
21. IV. Finale: Vivace 5.42

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)

Quintet in B flat for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano (1876)

22 I. Allegro con brio 10.33
23 II. Andante – Fughetta – Andante 9.44
24 III. Rondo – Allegretto 8.04

Les Vents Français:

Emmanuel Pahud – flute
Paul Meyer
– clarinet
François Leleux
– oboe
Gilbert Audin
– bassoon
Radovan Vlatkovic French
– horn
Éric Le Sage
– piano

Les Vents Français have been described as “the wind-quintet equivalent of a supergroup”. The ensemble’s five members – Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, Francois Leleux, Gilbert Audin and Radovan Vlatković, all world-renowned soloists in their own right – are joined by pianist Eric Le Sage for a fascinating 3-CD programme of chamber music that spans three centuries and the French, Austro-German and Russian repertoires.

Despite the group’s name, only three of its members are in fact French. Emmanuel Pahud – considered the finest flute-player in the world, and a member of the Berlin Philharmonic as well as a celebrated soloist – was born in Switzerland, while the horn-player Radovan Vlatković is from Croatia. Officially flying the tricolore are clarinettist Paul Meyer, oboist Francois Leleux and bassoonist Gilbert Audin. Together, the five musicians offer playing that, in the words of International Record Review, is “practically unbeatable” and which prompted this response from The Times, writing of their previous release: “If you buy just one wind-quintet recording in your life, buy this fabulous double album. Les Vents Français are so precise, yet full of fun, subtleties and flights of virtuosity as they tackle 19th- and 20th-century classics … Impertinent, insouciant, irresistible.”

This new 3-CD collection offers a programme that ranges more widely, spanning Classicism, Romanticism and Modernism, and France, Austro-Germany and Russia. Les Vents Français team up with the French pianist Eric Le Sage – who has been praised by BBC Music Magazine for “pianism and musicianship of a rare order” – for richly varied repertoire: quintets/sextets by Mozart, Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Poulenc, Roussel and three lesser-known composers – André Caplet (1878-1925), best known for his orchestrations of piano works by his friend Debussy, Louise Farrenc (1804-1875), celebrated in her lifetime as a Paris-based composer, pianist, teacher and scholar, and the Austrian Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907), who lived in Munich, was friendly with Richard Strauss and who favoured chamber music and opera.

This fascinating anthology of music for wind ensemble and piano will once again give listeners a chance to appreciate the special talents of Les Vents Français. In the words of BBC Music Magazine: “Individually, they play with attractive timbre and immaculate intonation and articulation. Collectively, they blend their colours with great finesse, within dynamics ranging from cushioned pianissimo to bright fortissimo.”

Financial Times

The playing sparkles. None of these pieces will challenge the intellect, but each in turn tickles the senses.

Gramophone Magazine

This is a positive dream team, who not only capture the music’s individual spirit but also clearly enjoy doing so…the set as a whole is a compelling compendium of creative variety unified by matchless musicianship.

Sunday Times

[The ensemble] bring spirit, clear perspective and a good deal of wit and charm to a wide spectrum of music both familiar and rather less so…The musical mix here is fascinating and refreshing, the performances exuding the sense of pleasure that Les Vent Français derive from playing it.

The Observer

These are top-notch performances of not always top-notch music. The piano quintets of Mozart and Beethoven need no special pleading, and this international ensemble are at their best in the dreamy opening and the finale’s cadenza of the Mozart.

The Times

Three CDs worth of Gallic exuberance to blow away those January blues.



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