℗ 1979 Chandos
 

Carl Nielsen: Chamber Works for Wind

Athena Ensemble

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Wind Quintet, Op. 43, FS 100  
1
I. Allegro ben moderato
Carl Nielsen; Athena Ensemble
8:35
2
II. Menuetto
Carl Nielsen; Athena Ensemble
4:25
3
III. Praeludium - Tema con variazioni
Carl Nielsen; Athena Ensemble
10:51
4
Serenata in vano, FS 68
Carl Nielsen; Athena Ensemble
6:47
2 Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2, FS 8  
5
No. 1. Romance
Carl Nielsen; Athena Ensemble
3:05
6
No. 2. Humoresque
Carl Nielsen; Athena Ensemble
2:23
7
Canto serioso, FS 132
Carl Nielsen; Athena Ensemble
3:32
Moderen (The Mother), Op. 41, FS 94 (arr. for Flute and Harp)  
8
Tro og hab spiller (Faith and Hope are Playing)
Carl Nielsen; Athena Ensemble
0:51
9
Bornene leger (The Children are Playing)
Carl Nielsen; Athena Ensemble
0:58
10
Taagen letter (The Fog is Lifting)
Carl Nielsen; Athena Ensemble
2:00
Total Playing Time    43:27
“The music is expertly performed with charm, sensitivity and imagination by the Athena Ensemble.”
- Classic FM Magazine

“The high quality of the performances, the comprehensiveness of the contents makes this a valuable collection.”
- Hi-Fi News

“If this recording does not already have a space in your collection, it should.”
- American Record Guide

Written towards the end of Nielsen’s career at a point when he was creatively absorbed in composing for woodwind, this re-release of chamber music from the Athena Ensemble contains several seldom-recorded works. The value of this album is heightened by the fact that the Athena Ensemble, who formed in 1969 and gained a reputation as one of the top wind quintets in Britain, no longer perform together, making this a rare treasure.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded at St Augustines Church, Kilburn, London
Produced by Robert Matthew-Walker
Engineer: Brian Couzens
Assistant Engineer: Ralph Couzens

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