1. Wind Chm Music - Comp Edition: Fantasy Piece For Clarinet &
2. Fantasy Pieces For Ob & Pno: Romanze.
3. Fant Pieces For Ob & Pno: Humoresque.
4. Canto Serioso (1913) For French Hotn & Pno.
5. Serenata In Vano (1914). for clarinet, bassoon, French horn, double bass
6. Flute Solo
7. Three Pieces Exc 'Moderen' (The Mother): No.2: Taagen Letter... No.12:
Bornene Leger...No.15: Tro Og Hab Spiller...
8. Wind Qnt, Op.43:
9. Blokflojter (For Two Recorders)
This is a very satisfying programme, which has arranged itself chronologically
with just the right contrast of instrumentation. After the very early clarinet
Fantasy Piece of 1881, which could be by anyone, those of 1889 for oboe,
Op 2, show individuality and are played with conviction. The Serious
Song for horn (1913) was an audition test piece, exploiting the lower
registers required of candidates for the 2nd & 4th
horn positions in the Royal Danish Orchestra. Next, the first of the two
masterpieces which have established themselves in the repertoire, the
Serenade of 1914 for three winds, cello and bass, a parody of an unsuccessful
intended seduction by a group of bumbling players, probably under the influence,
witty and charming. An impassioned group of pieces for flute (1919/20) leads
to the famous Wind Quintet Op 43 (1922) in which Nielsen characterises humorously
his musician friends for whom it was composed.
Well played and recorded, this is an enjoyable CD, which gives a good insight
into the development of Carl Nielsen's very individual mature style.
Peter Grahame Woolf