Beethoven: Music For Winds

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Label: NCL
Catalog: 8573942
Format: COMPACT DISC

Hunt, Lauren; Purvis, William; Morelli, Frank; Chen, Hsuan-Fong; Cho, Paul Wonjin; Taylor, Stephen; Olegario, Marissa; Shifrin, David

Music for wind ensemble was a regular part of entertainment in Beethoven’s day, and his Octet was composed for the skilled players in the service of his patron, the Archbishop-Elector in Bonn. The charming and skillfully written Sextet is also ‘from my early things and, what’s more, was written in one night’; impressing a critic of the time ‘by its splendid melodies, leisurely harmonic flow, and wealth of new and surprising ideas.’ Wind partitas often opened with a March, and the Rondino was originally intended as the Finale to the Octet, two suitable pieces to complete this fashionable Beethoven soiree.