Romantic Kaleidoscope (2015)

Grieg, Jeths, Mendelssohn, Bach, Schumann

Calefax

In the first fifteen years of its existence, Calefax performed just two works from the Romantic period: the brief and motoric, and as such rather un-Romantic Miniature Overture from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and a suite of Franz Liszt’s late piano works. The latter typifies Calefax’s somewhat troubled relationship with Romanticism. While Liszt’s extremely sober late piano works are indeed rooted in the Romantic era, they were unmistakenly ahead of their time, pointing to the twentieth-century quest for a way out of tonality’s stranglehold.

[excerpt from the liner notes, by Raaf Hekkema]

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Calefax

Five passionate wind players. Virtuoso musicians and brilliant arrangers. The creators of a completely new genre: the reed quintet. They are a source of inspiration to a fresh generation reed players that follows in their footsteps. A classical ensemble with a pop mentality: meet Calefax.
“Calefax - five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.”– The Times –

REPERTOIRE
The repertoire of Calefax spans many centuries of music. They breathe new life into classical chamber music by arranging it themselves to fit their own unique reed quintet line up: oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon. Next to that, approximately two hundred original works have by now been written especially for Calefax by composers from all over the world.

PIONEERS 
The group publishes sheet music of their own arrangements for reed quintet under the name Calefax Edition, so that they play a pioneering role and put this new genre on the map. All over the world new reed quintets are springing up, following Calefax’ example; from Argentine to New-Zealand. By offering master classes and workshops at conservatories and universities, Calefax passes its specific methods and musical experience on to the next generations.
The group also collaborates with celebrated fellow musicians from the classical music, jazz and world music scene, and with artists from other disciplines, such as choreographers and animators.

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Romantic Kaleidoscope (2015)

Grieg, Jeths, Mendelssohn, Bach, Schumann

Calefax

Digital Converters: dCS
Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf

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Waldszenen - Eintritt
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Waldszenen - Jager auf der Lauer
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Waldszenen - Einsame Blumen
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Waldszenen - Verrufene Stelle
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Waldszenen Freundliche Landschaft
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Waldszenen Herberge
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Waldszenen Vogel als Prophet
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Waldszenen Jagdlied
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Waldszenen Abschied
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Chaconne
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The Hebrides
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Maktub
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Aus Holberg's Zeit Praeludium
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Aus Holberg's Zeit Sarabande
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Aus Holberg's Zeit Gavotte Musette
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Aus Holberg's Zeit Air
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Aus Holberg's Zeit Rigaudon Trio
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