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Boxwood & Brass (Emily Worthington & Fiona Mitchell - clarinet, Robert Percival - bassoon, Anneke Scott & Kate Goldsmith - natural horn)
Making their Resonus Classics and recording debut is the exciting UK period wind ensemble Boxwood & Brass.
The ensemble’s debut recording charts the life and legacy of Prussian court clarinettist Franz Tausch (1762–1817), from a childhood in Mannheim to the intellectual salons of Berlin.
Tausch’s intimate salon pieces capture the dawn of Romanticism, the full flowering of which can be heard in the works of his students, Heinrich Baermann and Bernhard Henrik Crusell.
'The performances by Boxwood & Brass of this little-explored repertoire are beautifully prepared and executed, with a polished tone from both clarinettists and an authoritative and focused contribution from horns and bassoon.'
Early Music Review (5 stars)
© 2016 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2016 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10177
Producer & engineer: John Croft
Editor: Anneke Scott & John Croft
Executive Producer: Adam Binks
'The period instruments blend well in Tausch’s gentle Harmoniemusik, a sequence of perky dances, rondos and slower movements. [...] Crusell’s Concert-Trio for clarinet, horn and bassoon is the most substantial work here and contains virtuoso writing for each instrument, performed with spirit and vigour.'
'The performances by Boxwood & Brass of this little-explored repertoire are beautifully prepared and executed, with a polished tone from both clarinettists and an authoritative and focused contribution from horns and bassoon. [...] While this CD makes a valuable contribution to our wider understanding of an important aspect of the history of the clarinet, it also provides a very entertaining and rewarding listening experience for the general listener.'
Early Music Review (5 stars)
'The five piece period woodwind and brass ensemble make a lovely sound, bringing this 18th/ early 19th Century music to life in a way that is entertaining and very accessible.'
'Throughout this enjoyable disc I kept coming back to the wide range of colours which the instruments bring to the music and the playing from Boxwood and Brass transcends any technological limitation to make a finely satisfying disc which illuminates a corner of musical history which is sometimes forgotten.'
'The repertoire of the various combinations of wind band are not as well known as they should be, which makes this recording a particularly valuable contribution to the world of music. The playing (from Emily Worthington & Fiona Mitchell, clarinet, Robert Percival, bassoon, Anneke Scott & Kate Goldsmith, natural horn) is outstanding, both technically and musically.'
Andrew Benson-Wilson (andrewbensonwilson.org)
'These performances are impressive, technically but also musically. [...] If you like this kind of repertoire this disc is not to be missed.'
Music for a Prussian Salon: Franz Tausch in Context
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