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Netherlands Wind Ensemble

Netherlands Wind Ensemble Complete Philips Recordings (17CD)

Issued complete for the first time, including several albums new to CD, is the Philips catalogue of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble – an ensemble that made a defining contribution to Dutch musical life in the 1970s.

The Netherlands Wind Ensemble began life in 1959 as a wind quintet, but soon expanded to play Classical-era serenades and divertimenti which were hardly known at the time but have since been recognised and enjoyed as masterpieces of entertainment music, notably the Gran Partita of Mozart, the late Octet by Beethoven and the wonderful Octet-Partitas by his Viennese contemporary, Franz Krommer.

Starting to record for Philips in 1968, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble immediately won critical praise for the technical precision of its playing as well as the brilliance and wit of its interpretations, whether led by its regular conductor Edo de Waart (himself a former oboist and member of the ensemble) or played as true chamber music. The ensemble made one of the first comprehensive recordings of Mozart’s wind music, including miniatures, no less delightful for their brevity and rarity, and a precious but little-known collaboration with the much-loved Dutch soprano Elly Ameling.

TRACK LIST

CD 1
MOZART
Divertimenti KV 166, 240, 213, 252
Edo de Waart

CD 2
MOZART
Divertimenti KV 186, 253, 289
Adagio KV 411
Edo de Waart

CD 3
MOZART
Divertimenti KV 196f, 270, 196e
Adagio KV 410
Edo de Waart

CD 4
MOZART
Serenade KV 375
Serenade KV 388 ‘Nacht Musik’
Edo de Waart

CD 5
MOZART
Serenade KV 361 ‘Gran Partita’
Edo de Waart

CDs 6–7
MOZART
Notturni
Divertimenti KV 439b
Duos for two horns
Elly Ameling · Elisabeth Cooymans · Peter van der Bilt

CD 8
MOZART (arr. Triebensee)
Don Giovanni, KV 527
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, KV 384

CD 9
ROSSINI (arr. Sedlak)
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Overtures

CD 10
KROMMER
Octet Partitas

CD 11
BEETHOVEN
Octet ∙ March ∙ Rondino
Sextet ∙ Quintet

CD 12
MARCHES FOR WIND ENSEMBLE
C.P.E. Bach · Beethoven · Joseph Haydn · Michael Haydn · Rosetti · Vranický

CD 13
DVOŘÁK Wind Serenade
GOUNOD Petite Symphonie
SCHUBERT Minuet and Finale
Edo de Waart

CD 14
RICHARD STRAUSS
Sonatina ‘From an Invalid’s Workshop’
Suite for 13 Wind Instruments
Edo de Waart

CD 15
RICHARD STRAUSS
Symphony for Wind Instruments ‘The Happy Workshop’
Serenade for Wind Instruments: Andante
Edo de Waart

CD 16
STRAVINSKY
Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Ebony Concerto
Symphonies of Wind Instruments · Octet
Theo Bruins · George Pieterson · Edo de Waart

CD 17
ANTHEIL
Ballet Mécanique
A Jazz Symphony
Violin Sonatas
Reinbert de Leeuw ∙ Vera Beths

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