Into The Woods

Ensemble Houthandel

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256

The name of your ensemble ‘Houthandel’ translates in English to something like ‘timber trade’. This is certainly a distinctive identity for woodwind instruments, but your attitude to performing is also a refreshingly modern alternative to the usual concert-hall conventions, including choreographed movement and performances in unusual locations. Perhaps you can tell us more about this, and perhaps also how your energetic concept transfers itself into the recording studio?

Houthandel is an organization that is based on three pillars: music, musicians, and audience. Whatever the program, the ensemble looks for the best possible form and content to create an optimal production. Houthandel uses various forms of expression to play for and with its public, and the result should therefore always be a powerful meeting between music and audience. Scenography, choreography, and costume are an integral part of the performance, and the musicians also frequently play from memory, which brings a great deal of freedom. This provides flexibility for visualizing the music in a space; gaining contact and interaction with audiences unencumbered by the physical and mental barriers which can often be thrown up by sheet music on a stand.

The challenge is indeed to create an intimate atmosphere through a studio recording and to minimize the distance between listeners and musicians. We feel that a varied program supports us in this aim. The repertoire that we chose for Into the Woods will amuse, surprise and fascinate the listener from start to finish.

Tracklist

1.
Overture to Candide (arr. Don Stewart)
04:37
2.
Summer Music, Op. 31
12:15
3.
Quintet for Winds, Op. 45- Allegro risoluto
02:38
4.
Quintet for Winds, Op. 45- Andante
03:04
5.
Quintet for Winds, Op. 45- Moderato - Allegro con spirito
06:05
6.
Three Shanties- Allegro con brio
02:29
7.
Three Shanties- Allegretto semplice
01:57
8.
Three Shanties- Allegro vivace
02:54
9.
Selections from Porgy and Bess (arr. Bill Holcombe)
18:15

Total time: 00:54:14

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Original Recording Format

Digital Converters

Horus, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Daan van Aalst

Producer

Daan van Aalst

Recording Engineer

Daan van Aalst

Recording location

Jurriaansezaal, de Doelen, Rotterdam The Nederlands

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 256

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Awards

SKU

NC15006

Release Date December 12, 2015
SKU NC15006

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NativeDSD [Album of the Week]

Very surprising arrangements that really work. It’s amazing how much music 5 people can make!

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