Wind Quintet Op. 43

Praeludium. Adagio

  • Recorded: 7th October 2021
  • Record Place: The Dvořák Hall of Rudolfinum, Prague
  • First Release: 2021
  • (P) 2021 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Chamber Music


  • music by: Carl Nielsen
  • musical group: Belfiato Quintet


Belfiato Quintet

Elements / Nielsen - Hindemith - Barber - Tomasi - Pärt

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Catalogue Number: SU 4310-2
Published: 24th December 2021
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) - Wind Quintet, Op. 43 (1922). Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) - Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24/2 (1922). Samuel Barber (1910-1981) - Summer Music, Op. 31 (1955). Henri Tomasi (1901-1971) - Cinq danses profanes et sacrées (1963). Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) - Quintettino, Op. 13 (1964)
Belfiato Quintet: Oto Reiprich - flute, Jan Souček - oboe, Jiří Javůrek - clarinet, Jan Hudeček - bassoon, Kateřina Javůrková - horn

The pieces featured on the present album are staples of Belfiato Quintet's modern repertoire and are, above all, music close to their heart. Each of them occupies a special position in the ensemble's history. Carl Nielsen's Wind Quintet is the very first work they explored and performed, while their rendition of Cinq danses profanes et sacrées at the 2011 Henri Tomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition in Marseille earned the prize for the best interpretation of a Tomasi composition. And the other works included on the album have played significant roles in the ensemble's career too. The five pieces, dating from between 1922 and 1964, represent their creators' specific "elements", as well as the diverse music traditions of their native countries. Yet the album's title may also refer to five highly distinct figures who - perhaps precisely owing to their being so distinct - form a superbly harmonised ensemble that possesses a remarkable variety of tone quality and shades of expression. Belfiato Quintet are indisputably a world-class ensemble, with regard to the present album's repertoire and beyond.

Belfiato Quintet - five elements chiming in perfect harmony


“The diverse program is heard in finely balanced, nuanced and inspired interpretations.”
Pizzicato, March 2022

“Le Belfiato Quinet nous livre une master classe de style avec la beauté chaude et estivale de la Summer Music de Barber, la gouille des Cinq danses profanes de Tomasi ou l’acidité métrique et ironique de la Kleine Kammermusik de Paul Hindemith. L’interprétation du Quintette à vents de Nielsen est le sommet de cet album par la finesse des nuances et le dialogue entre les instruments dont on aime la rondeur des timbres encore révélatrice de l’école tchèque… Très bien enregistré, cet album est une nouvelle réussite à créditer aux excellents musiciens du Belfiato Quinet. ”
Pizzicato, August 2022

Samuel Barber
1. Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet Op. 31 12:02
Paul Hindemith
Kleine Kammermusik Op. 24
2. Lustig. Mässig schnelle Viertel 03:04
3. Walzer. Durchweg sehr leise 01:57
4. Ruhig und einfach 05:01
5. Schnelle Viertel 00:48
6. Sehr lebhaft 03:03
Arvo Pärt
Quintettino Op. 13
7. Schnell 01:05
8. Langsam 01:54
9. Mäßig 01:16
Carl Nielsen
Wind Quintet Op. 43
10. Allegro ben moderato 08:28
11. Menuet 04:34
12. Praeludium. Adagio 02:04
13. Theme and Variations. Un poco andantino 10:42
Henri Tomasi
Cinq danses profanes et sacrées
14. Danse agreste 03:01
15. Danse profane 02:48
16. Danse sacrée 02:45
17. Danse nuptiale 02:03
18. Danse guerriere 02:23

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