Francaix: Chamber Music for Winds (SACD)

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Bergen Woodwind Quintet

This disc celebrates the centenary of Jean Francaix.  A precocious talent, Francaix wrote his first chamber work for winds - the Quartet - in 1933 at the age of 21, and completed his Quintet No 2 more than 50 years later.  Francaix's works are favourites not only with audiences but also with the musicians themselves, who enjoy the challenges of his virtuosic writing, his fleet way with rhythms and timbres and the conversational character of the interplay between individual parts. The highly regarded Bergen Woodwind Quintet, consisting of solo players from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, perform four chamber works for winds which all share these characteristics.  The versatile ensemble released its first disc on BIS in 1985, and has recorded chamber music by Carl Nielsen as well as by David Maslanka, to critical acclaim.