Wind Quintets - Francaix, Hindemith, Ibert & Taffanel

Syrinx Quintet

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Format: CD

Cat No: MDG10223162

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Release Date:  14 June 2024

Label:  MDG

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  760623231624

Genres:  Classical  Chamber Music  

  • Description

    The legendary Syrinx Quintet performs wind quintets by Francaix, Hindemith, Ibert and Taffanel on this critically acclaimed recording. The individual instruments merge with a rarely heard homogeneity to create an ensemble sound that is unrivalled.

    "here, the Syrinx Quintet players tight yet highly flexible pinpoint accuracy, fluid dynamics, and most remarkably their ability to sound like a single unit, certainly injects life within the music." – Classical Music Sentinel

    When the composer Jean Francaix heard this recording he congratulated them with a handwritten letter: "The recording of my quintet is excellent. In a way, you have captured my musical thoughts exactly in photographic form: There can be no greater compliment from an author. Not to mention your technique, which is marvellous."

    A speciality of the Syrinx Quintet was their absolute fusion of sounds and extreme virtuosity. In the final movement of the Francaix quintet it is almost impossible to discern whether the clarinet or the flute is leading the virtuoso alternation of the ornaments. Similarly, the horn and bassoon sometimes form an almost indistinguishable tonal unity.

    The clear, undisguised MDG original recording technique focusses on the essentials: precise depth gradation, original dynamics, and natural tone colours, allowing the artistic interpretation to achieve the greatest possible naturalness and vividness. MDG has maintained this distinction of quality for over 40 years.

    "can hardly be surpassed in terms of performance, tonal homogeneity and inspired musicality" (FonoForum)

    "...a lot of panache" (FAZ)

    "This is the best wind quintet disc I have heard in recent years ... tricky passages are tackled with real fervour and mastered so confidently that it's a real (listening) pleasure." (HiFiStereophonie)

    "The excellent Syrinx musicians are in outstanding performing form" (DW)

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Jean Francaix: Quintet: I. Andante tranquillo
      • 2. II. Presto
      • 3. III. Thema con variazioni
      • 4. IV. Tempo di marcia francese
      • 5. Paul Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik fur funf Blaser, Op. 24 No. 2: I. Lustig
      • 6. II. Walzer
      • 7. III. Ruhig und einfach
      • 8. IV. Schnelle Viertel
      • 9. V. Sehr lebhaft
      • 10. Jacques Ibert: Trois Piece Breves: I. Allegro
      • 11. II. Andante
      • 12. III. Assez lent
      • 13. Paul Taffanel: Quintet: I. Allegro con moto
      • 14. II. Andante
      • 15. III. Vivace