25 February 2016

Carion given 5 Stars for their album “Nielsen’s Footsteps” by BBC Music Magazine!

Carion given 5 Stars for their album “Nielsen’s Footsteps” by BBC Music Magazine! “The players, all secure in technique and beautiful in tone, combine with immaculate attack, balance and tuning, as well as a sense of shared purpose.” (Anthony Burton)

 

Nielsen’s Footsteps
Quintets by Nielsen, Emborg, Shultz and Senstius

Carl Nielsen’s Wind Quintet of 1921-22, written shortly after the great Fifth Symphony, is a pillar of the wind chamber music repertoire and a treasurable example of the composer’s distinctive genius. The Danish-Latvian ensemble Carion does it full justice: the players, all secure in technique and beautiful in tone, combine with immaculate attack, balance and tuning, as well as a sense of shared purpose. This may owe something to their habitual way of working: they play from memory, standing up, and moving around to bring out the changing balance of the music, and even act out the interrelationship of the parts (such as the ‘quarrel’ between clarinet and bassoon in the variation finale). This approach is demonstrated, impressively, in the bonus DVD of the Nielsen. Unfortunately it isn’t so clear in the CD recording, made in a resonant church acoustic which presents al the instruments in larger-than-life close-up.

The rest of the CD consists of Danish quintets written under the influence of Nielsen’s masterpiece. Kai Senstius’s 1934 Quintet, written for the same Copenhagen group as the Nielsen, and Jens Embargo’s suite-like Quintet of 1931 are indeed almost slavishly imitative of the textures and gestures of their model, with little sign of individual creative personalities. But there’s a bit more to Svend Schultz’s lively, witty ‘little serenade’ Une Amourette of 1943. The performances of these minor pieces are enjoyable enough, but their chief effect is to rub in what a towering figure Nielsen was.

Performance - 5 Stars

BBC Music Magazine Anthony Burton
March 2016

 

ODRCD321 Nielsen's Footsteps

01 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – I Giocoso // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  1. 01 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – I Giocoso // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  2. 02 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – II Lent // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  3. 03 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – III Giocoso tres rythme // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  4. 04 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – I Preamble // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  5. 05 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – II Waltz // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  6. 07 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – IV Soliloquy // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  7. 08 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – V Scherzo and Trio // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  8. 09 – Rudolf Escher – Sonata for clarinet solo – I Molto tranquillo // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  9. 11 – Rudolf Escher – Sonata for clarinet solo – III Comodo // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  10. 12 – Erland von Koch – Monolog nr 3 – I Andante sostenuto // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  11. 13 – Erland von Koch – Monolog nr 3 – II Allegro vivace // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  12. 14 – Bela Kovacs – Hommage a M. Falla // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  13. 15 – Henrik Odegaard – Antiphona V Ave Maria // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  14. 16 – Sergio Azevedo – Sonatina para clarinete solo – I Allegro // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  15. 17 – Sergio Azevedo – Sonatina para clarinete solo – II In a not quite so relaxed mood // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  16. 18 – Sergio Azevedo – Sonatina para clarinete solo – III Allegro // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  17. 19 – Giovanni Mattaliano – Zeta world // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE