Nielsen Quintett and other works for Wind Quintet

The Hindemith work belongs to some extent to his series of Kammermusik works, though it is the only one scored for wind quintet. Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles is quite possibly his most popular work and a staple of most wind quintets. Composed in the early 1950’s, it is an arrangement of selections from his piano work, Musica Ricercata and is representative of his early period before he emigrated to the West and found his most original voice. Nielsen’s Wind Quintet is a product of his maturity, unlike the Hindemith or Ligeti. It is certainly one of his greatest works, along with the wind concertos and the symphonies. Indeed, Nielsen was so taken with the performance by the Copenhagen Wind Quintet, for which it was written, that he decided to compose a concerto for each of the instruments in the quintet. Unfortunately, he finished only the Flute and Clarinet concertos before he died in 1931.



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"The Vienna Quintet fully convey the wit and lightness of touch that distinguishes Hindemith's writing in this entertaining Kleine Kammermusik, and give us a totally fresh and delightful account of the Nielsen. The playing is a delight from first to last and is beautifully recorded in the Wiener Konzerthaus." The Penguin Guide

"As a selection of twentieth-century works for wind quintet, this is recommendable—if one is interested in these particular pieces together on one CD. The recorded sound alone makes this very attractive and the performances of their kind are first-rate."
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