Carion Wind Quintet – Dreams of Freedom (2018) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Carion Wind Quintet – Dreams of Freedom (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:44 minutes | 950 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Odradek Records

The award-winning Carion Wind Quintet returns with Dreams of Freedom, featuring the world-premiere recording of Borderless by Syrian refugee Moutaz Arian, alongside Mozart, Zemlinsky, Hindemith, Stravinsky and Part.

The rich variety of music on this album is unified by each composer’s ‘dream of freedom’. All of these composers experienced exile of one kind or another, travelling far from home in order to pursue their vocation. Mozart left the stifling confines of Salzburg for the cultural riches of Vienna. Stravinsky, Hindemith, Zemlinsky and Pärt all left unsympathetic or even hostile regimes, and Kurdish composer Moutaz Arian escaped Syria and now lives in China; he dedicated his piece, Borderless, to Carion. Yet despite the profound, sometimes painful origins of this music, this is an album full of joie de vivre: music full of hope, intellect and even humour.

Mozart’s delightful Serenade No.11 in E flat, KV 375, was his first known foray into the Viennese tradition of wind band music, and Stravinsky’s Suite No. 2, derived from earlier piano pieces, features a March, Waltz and Polka which are all wonderfully skewed takes on convention, while Stravinsky’s unmistakeable harmony, reminiscent of Petrushka, imbues the quirky Galop.

Zemlinsky represented an important link in the evolution of music from Brahms to Mahler to the Second Viennese School; dating from 1939, his Humoresque was one of the last pieces he wrote. Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik features a witty march followed by a wry waltz which parodies overly sentimental music. In the fourth movement each instrument enjoys cadenza-like passages before the demanding swagger of the finale. Arvo Pärt’s Quintettino dates from 1964, before his “holy minimalism” style emerged, and so represents a fascinating example of his earlier experiments in sound.

Moutaz Arian is a Kurdish composer from northern Syria who now lives in Beijing, performing his compositions in China and Japan. Arian’s Borderless is a powerfully pertinent and hugely topical work. He says of this piece that it expresses “our desire to live more freely in a world without the borders that separate us, not only borders of land, but physical and human barriers, too.”

Tracklist:
01. Carion Wind Quintet – Kleine Kammermusik, for wind quintet, Op. 24, No. 2 : I. Lustig. Mäßig schnell Viertel
02. Carion Wind Quintet – Kleine Kammermusik, for wind quintet, Op. 24, No. 2: II. Walzer. Durchweg sehr leise
03. Carion Wind Quintet – Kleine Kammermusik, for wind quintet, Op. 24, No. 2: III. Ruhig und einfach
04. Carion Wind Quintet – Kleine Kammermusik, for wind quintet, Op. 24, No. 2: IV. Schnelle Viertel
05. Carion Wind Quintet – Kleine Kammermusik, for wind quintet, Op. 24, No. 2: V. Sehr lebhaft
06. Carion Wind Quintet – Suite No. 2: I. March
07. Carion Wind Quintet – Suite No. 2: II. Waltz
08. Carion Wind Quintet – Suite No. 2: III. Polka
09. Carion Wind Quintet – Suite No. 2: IV. Galop
10. Carion Wind Quintet – Humoreske (Rondo), for wind quintet
11. Carion Wind Quintet – Quintettino for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, Op. 13: I. Schnell
12. Carion Wind Quintet – Quintettino for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, Op. 13 : II. Langsam
13. Carion Wind Quintet – Quintettino for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, Op. 13 : III. Mäßig
14. Carion Wind Quintet – Serenade No. 11, KV 375 : I. Allegro maestoso
15. Carion Wind Quintet – Serenade No. 11, KV 375 : II. Menuetto
16. Carion Wind Quintet – Serenade No. 11, KV 375 : III. Adagio
17. Carion Wind Quintet – Serenade No. 11, KV 375: IV. Menuetto
18. Carion Wind Quintet – Serenade No. 11, KV 375: V. Finale. Allegro
19. Carion Wind Quintet – Borderless

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