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Netherlands Wind Ensemble - Complete Philips Recordings

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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 Mozarts 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.

The youthful, funky vibe of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble was captured by Philips both in exceptionally vivid recordings as well as kooky cover designs, which are reproduced on the sleeves of the issues. A booklet essay by Peter Quantrill outlines the history and character of the ensemble, drawing on a new interview with Edo de Waart. The repertoire extends into the nineteenth century with a classic account of the Wind Serenade by Dvorak the ensembles debut on disc as well as ingenious arrangements of overtures and arias by Rossini, and a unique collection of little marches by great masters. The Netherland Wind Ensembles long-standing commitment to modern music is represented by the wind music of Richard Strauss and Stravinsky, and the pioneering Jazz Symphony by the Franco-American bad boy of classical music in the 1920s and 30s, Georges Antheil, recorded live at the 1976 Holland Festival.

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I cannot imagine a more refreshing sound than that of the Dvorak D minor Serenade which Edo de Waart and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble This playing blends discipline and spontaneity in just the right proportions This record has deserved all the praise it has received both on artistic and technical grounds. Gramophone, August 1971

Assured, precise and shapely performances. Gramophone, February 1973 (Little Marches by Great Masters)

De Leeuw and ensemble show a good grasp of the 20s jazz idiom, and the live performance is a winner. Fanfare, March 1978 (Antheil: Jazz Symphony)

Few modern authentic Rossini performances have so caught the fun of the music, its energy and charm, and to this is added the sheer pleasure of an impeccably tuned wind band, irreproachably together. High Fidelity, August 1978 (Rossini)

This is a very good recording, mellow (not backward) in sound, and played with serenity or sparkle as the particular passage demands. Gramophone, June 1985 (Mozart arrangements)

Their performances are fresh and alive, admirably sensitive both in feeling for line and in phrasing, but never lingering too lovingly over detail. Penguin Guide, 1990 (Mozart KV 375, KV 388)


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  2. MOZART: Divertimenti KV 166, 240, 213, 252
  3. MOZART: Divertimenti KV 186, 253, 289
  4. Adagio KV 411
  5. MOZART Divertimenti KV 196f, 270, 196e
  6. Adagio KV 410
  7. MOZART: Serenade KV 375
  8. Serenade KV 388 Nacht Musik
  9. MOZART: Serenade KV 361 Gran Partita
  10. CDs 67 MOZART: Notturni
  11. Divertimenti KV 439b
  12. Duos For Two Horns
  13. MOZART: (arr. Triebensee) Don Giovanni, KV 527
  14. Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail, KV 384
  15. ROSSINI:(arr. Sedlak) Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
  16. Overtures
  17. KROMMER: Octet Partitas
  18. BEETHOVEN: Octet 8729; March 8729; Rondino Sextet 8729; Quintet
  20. DVORAK: Wind Serenade
  21. GOUNOD: Petite Symphonie
  22. SCHUBERT: Minuet And Finale
  23. RICHARD STRAUSS: Sonatina From An Invalids Workshop
  24. Suite For 13 Wind Instruments
  25. RICHARD STRAUSS: Symphony For Wind Instruments The Happy Workshop
  26. Serenade For Wind Instruments: Andante
  27. STRAVINSKY: Concerto For Piano And Wind Instruments
  28. Ebony Concerto
  29. Symphonies Of Wind Instruments · Octet
  30. ANTHEIL: Ballet Mécanique
  31. A Jazz Symphony
  32. Violin Sonatas
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