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Berwald / Spohr / Weber: Chamber Music

Franz Berwald , Louis Spohr , Carl Maria Von Weber , Gervase De Peyer , Melos Ensemble Audio CD
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  • Performer: Gervase De Peyer, Melos Ensemble
  • Composer: Franz Berwald, Louis Spohr, Carl Maria Von Weber
  • Audio CD (April 3, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000025ABB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Septet for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello & double-bass in B-flat major, 'Grand': No. 1, Adagio - Allegro molto
2. Septet for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello & double-bass in B-flat major, 'Grand': No. 2, Poco adagio - Prestissimo - A
3. Septet for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello & double-bass in B-flat major, 'Grand': No. 3, Finale (Allegro con spirito)
4. Double String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 65: No. 1, Allegro
5. Double String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 65: No. 2, Scherzo (Vivace)
6. Double String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 65: No. 3, Larghetto
7. Double String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 65: No. 4, Finale (Allegretto molto)
8. Quintet for clarinet & strings in B flat major, J. 182 (Op. 34): No. 1, Allegro
9. Quintet for clarinet & strings in B flat major, J. 182 (Op. 34): No. 2, Fantasia. Adagio
10. Quintet for clarinet & strings in B flat major, J. 182 (Op. 34): No. 3, Menuetto
11. Quintet for clarinet & strings in B flat major, J. 182 (Op. 34): No. 4, Rondo. Allegro giojoso

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The Melos Ensemble of London - not to be confused with the German Melos (String) Quartet of Stuttgart - was a group of twelve core musicians (string & wind quintet, piano and harp), formed in 1950 around founding members and mainstays violist Cecil Aronowitz and clarinettist Gervase de Peyer. They established a reputation as a leading chamber ensemble, a kind of British equivalent to the Vienna Octet - taking part in the first performance of Britten's War Requiem in 1962 (Britten: War Requiem) and making numerous recordings for labels such as Decca and EMI, both of classic to romantic repertoire and of contemporary music. They disbanded in 1973, but served as a model to the more recent and still active Chamber music groups such as the Nash Ensemble or the Academy of Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble.

EMI have reissued the recordings made for them by the Melos Ensemble in the `60s on various collections, which have come and gone. A pairing of their Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets, and their Schubert Octet (coupled with the Adagio and rondo concertante) appeared on the mid-price "Studio" collection (and the former can still be found on this site as Clarinet Quintets), and EMI Forte has made and maintained available two twofers with, as main dishes, respectively, Beeethoven's Septet and the Octets of Schubert (shorn of the Adagio and rondo concertante) and Mendelssohn for one (
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