Modern Music played by the Dorian Woodwind Quintet
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL318     Release Date: 2010-11-15
Dorian Woodwind Quintet: Karl Kraber, flute; Charles Kuskin, oboe; Jerry Kirkbride, clarinet; Jane Taylor, bassoon; Barry Benjamin, horn

Brian Fennelly's Wind Quintet was premiered at Tanglewood in August, 1967, with Gunther Schuller conducting. After revisions, the present version was introduced by the Dorian Quintet. It requires unusual virtuosity of both ensemble and individual players in its execution (e.g., in relating different speeds and coordinating rapidly changing speeds, or in the projection of different speeds simultaneously in the bassoon cadenza). The juxtaposition of disparate elements and overlapping of events create much of the excitement.

Lawrence Moss writes:

"I meant by the title Auditions various hearings of the same material, beginning with the noodling little figures suggestive of an orchestra warming up, and proceeding gradually to a few well-known solos which might more properly be the subject of an audition. Periodically the players blow the whistle on all this with various multiphonics, or chords performed by a single player. A few years ago these would have seemed impossible and even today they are, to say the least, difficult. Strangely enough, they exploit the sorts of sound that beginners sometimes make and are quickly taught to avoid. All of which I guess says something about the widening horizons of both technique and taste.

Peter Pindar Stearns' Quintet for Winds was written in 1966. The work is in three movements and uses six permutations of a 12 note set. The original form of this set is first stated at the opening of the work by the oboe and horn in combination.

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available as a burn-on-demand CD (CD-R) or download in MP3/320, FLAC or WAV formats. CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included. Full liner notes are accessible via the link above.

Dorian Woodwind Quintet

Modern Music played by the Dorian Woodwind Quintet

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CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print material or jewel case included.
A *.pdf of the notes may be accessed here free of charge.
   Liner Notes

Track Listing

Wind Quintet
Brian Fennelly
Lawrence Moss
Quintet for Winds: I. Moderato
Peter Pindar Stearns
Quintet for Winds: II. Adagio - III. Allegro giocoso
Peter Pindar Stearns