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Romantique

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Posing in front of a view of the city of Salzburg with grins on their faces, the cover of Les Vents Français’ new album almost looks photoshopped. With Emmanuel Pahud on flute, François Leleux on oboe, Paul Meyer on clarinet, Radovan Vlatković on the horn, Gilbert Audin on bassoon and Éric Le Sage on piano, Romantique was recorded in the Bavarian Radio Studios in Munich.


The album features three wonderful surprises; the first is the lovely Quintet in C major written by August Klughardt (1847-1902), a composer who knew Liszt and conducted Wagner’s Ring Cycle, an exquisite, loquacious and melancholic work of the utmost quality.


The next surprise is George Onslow (1784-1853), a composer from the Auvergne region of France with English roots who is perhaps a little more well-known than the last as he was greatly admired by Berlioz. He left behind an extensive catalogue of chamber music including the bright and upbeat Wind Quintet, which was first discovered in 1953. Elegant and virtuosic, it didn’t take long before the quintet was being played by orchestras across the world.


The third surprise is the oldest work in this delightful album, the Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op. 52 composed by Ludwig Spohr (1784-1859) in 1820. The piano is the prima donna in this piece, according to Chopin, who played it ten years later in Warsaw just before leaving for Paris, its part is “pretty but unbearably difficult and awkward to play”. Here, Eric Le Sage plays it with confounding ease. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Wind Quintet, Op. 79: I. Allegro non troppo
Les Vents Français
00:09:47

August Klughardt, Composer - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Wind Quintet, Op. 79: II. Allegro vivace
Les Vents Français
00:04:35

August Klughardt, Composer - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Wind Quintet, Op. 79: III. Andante grazioso
Les Vents Français
00:03:55

August Klughardt, Composer - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Wind Quintet, Op. 79: IV. Adagio - Allegro molto vivace
Les Vents Français
00:05:39

August Klughardt, Composer - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Wind Quintet, Op. 81: I. Allegro non troppo
Les Vents Français
00:07:31

George Onslow, Composer - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Wind Quintet, Op. 81: II. Scherzo. Energico
Les Vents Français
00:03:09

George Onslow, Composer - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Wind Quintet, Op. 81: III. Andante sostenuto
Les Vents Français
00:05:38

George Onslow, Composer - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Wind Quintet, Op. 81: IV. Finale. Allegro spiritoso
Les Vents Français
00:04:45

George Onslow, Composer - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 52: I. Allegro moderato
Les Vents Français, Eric Le Sage
00:11:25

Louis Spohr, Composer - Eric Le Sage, Piano - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble - Les Vents Français, Eric Le Sage, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 52: II. Larghetto con moto
Les Vents Français, Eric Le Sage
00:06:07

Louis Spohr, Composer - Eric Le Sage, Piano - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble - Les Vents Français, Eric Le Sage, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 52: III. Menuetto. Allegretto
Les Vents Français, Eric Le Sage
00:05:09

Louis Spohr, Composer - Eric Le Sage, Piano - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble - Les Vents Français, Eric Le Sage, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 52: IV. Finale. Allegro molto
Les Vents Français, Eric Le Sage
00:07:43

Louis Spohr, Composer - Eric Le Sage, Piano - Les Vents Français, Wind Ensemble - Les Vents Français, Eric Le Sage, MainArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2020 Les Vents Francais under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album review

Posing in front of a view of the city of Salzburg with grins on their faces, the cover of Les Vents Français’ new album almost looks photoshopped. With Emmanuel Pahud on flute, François Leleux on oboe, Paul Meyer on clarinet, Radovan Vlatković on the horn, Gilbert Audin on bassoon and Éric Le Sage on piano, Romantique was recorded in the Bavarian Radio Studios in Munich.


The album features three wonderful surprises; the first is the lovely Quintet in C major written by August Klughardt (1847-1902), a composer who knew Liszt and conducted Wagner’s Ring Cycle, an exquisite, loquacious and melancholic work of the utmost quality.


The next surprise is George Onslow (1784-1853), a composer from the Auvergne region of France with English roots who is perhaps a little more well-known than the last as he was greatly admired by Berlioz. He left behind an extensive catalogue of chamber music including the bright and upbeat Wind Quintet, which was first discovered in 1953. Elegant and virtuosic, it didn’t take long before the quintet was being played by orchestras across the world.


The third surprise is the oldest work in this delightful album, the Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op. 52 composed by Ludwig Spohr (1784-1859) in 1820. The piano is the prima donna in this piece, according to Chopin, who played it ten years later in Warsaw just before leaving for Paris, its part is “pretty but unbearably difficult and awkward to play”. Here, Eric Le Sage plays it with confounding ease. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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