Poster WindSync wind ensemble
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A string quintet...for winds

The piece started out as a wind octet, and then Beethoven revised it into a quintet for strings. Then, in the 21st century, a bassoonist arranged the string quintet back into music for wind quintet. Don't worry if you've lost the plot—just join us to hear the group WindSync play great music by Beethoven on today's show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Caroline Shaw: And the Swallow
United Strings of Europe | Julian Azkoul, conductor
Album: Renewal
Bis 2549

William Grant Still: Danzas de Panama
Grace Park, violin | Geoffrey Herd, violin | Ettore Causa, viola | Hannah Collins, cello
Geneva Music Festival, Smith Opera House, Geneva, NY

Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. Mordechai Rechtman: String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 4/103 (for wind quintet)
Chamberfest Cheboygan, Cheboygan Opera House, Cheboygan, MI

Caroline Shaw: Punctum
The Scottish Ensemble | Edgar Meyer, bass
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Hour 2

Sophia Dussek: C'est l'amour
Kyunghee Kim-Sutre, harp
Album: Favourite Airs Arranged for the Harp
Hortus 178

Ethel Smyth: Overture to The Wreckers
English Symphony Orchestra | Kenneth Woods, conductor
The Elgar Festival, Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, UK

Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi: Elegy for violin & harp, Op. 22
Guillaume Sutre, violin | Kyunghee Kim-Sutre, harp
Round Top Music Festival, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Anna Polonsky, piano | David Shifrin, clarinet, Peter Wiley, cello
Lillian & Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson, SC

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