THE BOREALIS WIND QUINTET
A LA CARTEShort Works for Winds
Giulio Briccialdi, Farkas, Percy Grainger, Darius Milhaud, Vincent Persichetti, Nino Rota, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Turrin
THE BOREALIS WIND QUINTET
Katherine Fink, Flute
Tamar Beach Wells, Oboe
Kathryn Taylor, Clarinet
Dan Culpepper, Horn
Wayne Hileman, Bassoon
2006 Grammy Nomination: Best Chamber Music Performance
"The Borealis Wind Quintet presents a delightful program...enjoyable."
Turok's Choice - Issue 177, May 2006
"[In the Milhaud] the Borealis Quintet makes its mark...in nuance and approach...[In the Briccialdi] the flautist plays with such character and command, I cannot imagine hearing it any other way...This is a good addition to anybody's chamber music collection."
American Record Guide - March / April 2006
"...an excellent disc...Much of the music on 'A La Carte' is bright, cheerful and yet emotionally moving owing to the BWQ’s expert grasp of ensemble color...The Borealis Wind Quintet [are] a real find. They blend with a crispness and cohesion...The whole disc is excellent, with outstanding quality of sound."
All Music Guide - February 2006
"The Borealis Wind Quintet are a superb ensemble. Their playing is precise without ever being merely pedantic; their control of dynamics is masterly and their internal balance is faultless. All five members are both sensitive and technically accomplished musicians. - The recorded sound is excellent."
MusicWeb International - December 2005
"...a program of ...gems that will delight music lovers almost as much as it will woodwind quintet connoisseurs...The virtuosic performances are uniformly sweet and captivating...the sound has a wonderful warm bloom with an exceptional sense of space that repays higher volumes making for a good light workout that will test the timbral accuracy of any music system. The affectionate, authoritative notes...add greatly to the listening pleasure.
Audiophile Audition - November 2005
"...a recital of delectable short pieces...The performances sparkle with unfailing good humor..."
Atlanta Audio Society - July 2005
PROGRAM NOTESThrough our years of touring and performing, one of our biggest challenges has been concert programming-finding, rehearsing & presenting works that we and our audiences will find stimulating, enjoyable and entertaining. While we are always on the lookout for larger, substantial works, we inevitably come across smaller pieces that capture our imagination, little gems we feel deserve exposure.
We have included these pieces in our performances to give our listeners a respite, a breather from the more challenging works inherent in the wind repertoire. This CD is a collection of some our most-played, most-requested, most-enjoyed shorter works. It is our hope that you will enjoy these pieces as much as we have over the years.
The Borealis Wind Quintet ~ Single Oak, CT
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The Borealis Wind Quintet was formed in 1976 and continues to earn appreciative applause from audiences as well as exceptional press reviews wherever they tour. The New York Times commented on the musicians’ “lively, communicative” performances; the Washington Post noted their “superb and skillful playing,” and the Philadelphia Inquirer cited “the sort of rapport that characterizes the very best chamber playing.”
Petite Offrande Musicale
Three Summer Dances
La Cheminee du Roi Rene