Les Vents Français: Concertante!

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Les Vents Français: Concertante!
Les Vents Français / Munich Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Giglberge

[ Warner Classics / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Sunday 1 April 2018

The members of Les Vents Français, which has been described as "the wind-quintet equivalent of a supergroup" join the Munich Chamber Orchestra and conductor Daniel Giglberger in five examples of the sinfonia concertante. The form flourished in the decades around 1800, particularly in Paris and Mannheim, and the works here are by Parisian luminaries Pleyel and Devienne, Mannheim resident Danzi, and a genius who visited Paris and took inspiration from the music of Mannheim: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

"This splendid album spans the Classical and early Romantic eras. Les Vents Français are 5 top-notch musicians who play here alongside the Munich Chamber Orchestra. The Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for winds K297b is charmingly performed. But a major highlight is to hear works by lesser-known composers such as Franz Danzi (1763 - 1826). Just listen to the slow movement of his Sinfonia Concertante for flute and clarinet Op.41-so beautifully evocative with instrumentation and performance." Nicholas Butler/Marbecks

"In this outstanding album, Les Vents Français venture into sinfonia concertante repertoire of the classical era. There are five pieces for various wind combinations, with orchestral accompaniment from Münchener Kammerorchester. Les Vents Français are in magnificent form. They give us radiant, stylish and focused playing of impeccable musicality and elevated technical assurance, with instinctive feel for the works." MusicWeb May 2018


Danzi / Arr. Bodart: Sinfonia concertante in E-Flat Major
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b
Devienne: Sinfonia concertante No. 2 in F Major
Danzi: Sinfonia concertante in B-Flat Major, Op. 41
Pleyel: Sinfonia concertante No. 5 in F Major, B. 115