"Stylish, surprising and sensational"
Mozart for Wind Octet (2017) Virtuosity and passion combined with historical performance practice.
Woodwind music (Harmonimusikk) was in fashion. Musicians played at table and in the private gatherings both with the emperor in Vienna and with other royals and nobles throughout central Europe. Harmonimusikk could be heard in parks and gardens and on streets and beaches. Mozart seized this opportunity to enchant Vienna in brilliant fashion way. No one had quite the lyrical gift when writing for windplayers as Mozart.
Mozart's two serenades came into being during a turbulent period of the composer's life where he needed to enter the elite in Vienna after he had received his now famous setback from the bishop of Salzburg. Mozart himself had plans to rework “Entführung aus dem Serail" for harmony ensemble "before anyone else does it".
the first beauty (2015)
harmonimusikk fra vår egen tid
the first beauty (2015)
woodwind music of our own time
The wind octets of Klein, Kvandal, and Yun are considered to be cornerstones of the newer repertoire for wind octet, built on common esthetic and ethical platforms together with the newly written wind octet of Magnar Åm. The CD release “the first beauty” marks the completion of Oslo Kammerakademi’s recording trilogy of music for woodwind ensemble, harmony music, from three different epochs.
From its debut in 2009 the ensemble has had as its ambition to encompass the entire spectrum of literature for harmony ensemble/wind ensemble—from its origin in Vienna in the 1780s to music from our own time. An interesting aspect of the composers featured on this CD is that in one way or another they all tie their music to the concept of origin, either related to the origin of the wind ensemble, or related to the concept of origin in a spiritual-philosophical sense.
All musical roads lead to Leipzig!
"Delight is the watchword throughout this engaging programme, superbly played by the Oslo ensemble. The group's playing shows a beguiling lightness of touch with no less of gravity where it's needed... Superb sound."
"Ny kammerfulltreffer [...] Spillekåte og velopplagte lar de notene trille gjennom fingertuppene."
"Denne elegante og velbalanserte blåsegruppen fra Oslo gir en varm klang som gjør denne mesterlige interpretasjonen til en fest."
BEETHOVEN FOR WIND OCTET
From royal chamber-music to the symphony
"Stylish, surprising and sensational." - Musicweb International.
""Det låter så klart, velformet og inspirert at det hele må kalles en begivenhet!"
Emil Bernhard, Morgenbladet.
[...] "et festvyrkeri av en CD [...] en ørevekker av de sjeldne. Virkelig en av årets vinnere"
Kjell Hillveg, Dagsavisen
Terningkast 6 i Klassisk musikkmagasin 1-2013: "[...] en utgivelse som bør gi adskillig glede."