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This new CD has two works from the 1960s, Deux Preludes for flute, clarinet and bassoon and the three-movement Serenade for wind quintet and chamber orchestra. The more recent works are a group of six Recollections for wind quintet and piano (1982), short atmospheric pieces that explore unusual sonorities and demand considerable technique from the players [listen -- track 11, 0:30-1:26] and Five Poems for wind quintet that clearly should be taken up by professional ensembles everywhere that can meet the challenge. The Five Poems, written in 1994, are all about birds: Walking Birds, Happy Birds [listen -- track 4, 0:50-1:40], an Interlude with a lament for a dead bird, Fighting Birds [listen -- track 6, 0:00-1:00] and a final movement -- Birds Flying High Above. Husa wrote these pieces to express his admiration for birds, not to imitate them.

A fine recording of delightful discoveries, highly recommended.

Copyright © 11 May 2005 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


Karel Husa - Recollections

80571-2 Stereo NEW RELEASE 61'24" 2004 Recorded Anthology of American Music Inc

Quintet of the Americas (Sato Moughalian, flute; Matthew Sullivan, oboe; Edward R Gilmore, clarinet; Barbara Oldham, horn; Laura Koepke, bassoon); David Oei, piano; Perspectives Ensemble (with James Neglia, xylophone; Anna Reinersman, harp); Eriko Sato, concertmaster; David Gilbert, conductor

Karel Husa (born 1921): Deux Preludes (1966) (flute, clarinet, bassoon); Five Poems (1994) (wind quintet) (Walking Birds; Happy Birds; Interlude ... With a Dead Bird; Fighting Birds; Bird Flying High Above); Recollections (1982) (flute, oboe, B flat clarinet, horn in F, bassoon, piano) (Largo; Andante; Adagio; Moderato; Vivace; Moderato molto); Serenade (1963) (wind quintet, xylophone, harp, strings) (La montagne; La nuit; La danse)


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