Antoine Reicha – Wind Quintets – Thalia Ensemble (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Antoine Reicha – Wind Quintets – Thalia Ensemble (2015)
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Recorded: July 2014, National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom

Thalia Ensemble, whose prize-winning programme included works by Antoine Reicha, was praised by the jury for its beautiful ensemble sound, as well as the ensemble’s lively communication. The competition is renowned for launching the careers of many notable ensembles, such as Palladian Ensemble, Profeti della Quinta and Ensemble Meridiana.

Premiered in Paris in the early nineteenth century these works were an overnight sensation, recognized across Europe as the pinnacle of their genre. More than any other composer who wrote for winds, Reicha produced works that were hailed as worthy counterparts to the string quartet. An experienced flautist, Reicha was able to craft quintets that successfully integrated each wind instrument, employing its unique character and technical anomalies to full effect. As well as taking influence from his close acquaintances Haydn and Beethoven, Reicha’s melodic style is Mozartian in flavour, spiced with subtle chromatic tinges and quirky syncopations. In addition to the quintets Reicha’s Adagio ‘pour le cor anglais’ is a fine addition to the programme.

Anyone who has played a woodwind instrument is likely to have encountered the jolly wind quintets of Antoine Reicha, a Czech composer active in Paris at the start of the 19th century. Funny how some composers just manage to find a genre to suit them: while we have forgotten Reicha’s many ambitious operas and symphonies, these ensemble pieces live on because they are so satisfying to play and such fun to hear. This new recording shows off the recent winners of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, an Amsterdam period-instrument ensemble. Once past a rather excruciatingly tuned chord early on, they respond to Reicha’s easy-going charm with skill. –Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer


Antoine Reicha (1770-1836)

Wind Quintet in G major Op 88 No 3
1 Introductione: Lento – Allegro assai[9’37]2 Andante[5’11]3 Menuetto: Allegro vivo[3’23]4 Finale: Allegro vivace[6’30]5 Adagio pour le cor anglais in D minor[7’02]

Wind Quintet in B flat major Op 100 No 6
6 Poco adagio – Allegro[12’40]7 Andante poco adagio[7’23]8 Minuetto: Allegro scherzo[5’30]9 Finale: Andante – Allegro assai[10’04]

Thalia Ensemble:
Belén Nieto Galán, flute
Sarah Aßmann, oboe and cor anglais
Diederik Ornée, clarinet
Hylke Rozema, natural horn
José Rodrigues Gomes, bassoon


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