Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

Nationality: Russian
Born: March 18, 1844, Tikhvin Died: June 21, 1908, Lyubensk (age 64)

Quintet for Piano and Winds in B-flat major (for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano)

(for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano)
9:42 I. Allegro con brio
9:39 II. Andante
8:49 III. Rondo. Allegretto
Duration: 30 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1876 (age 31-32)
5 recordings, 9 videos
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10:47
Nash Ensemble
I. Allegro con brio
10:19
Nash Ensemble
II. Andante
9:05
Nash Ensemble
III. Rondo. Allegretto
31:09
Mikhail Pletnev, London Winds
10:40
Les Vents Français
I. Allegro con brio
9:49
Les Vents Français
II. Andante
8:05
Les Vents Français
III. Rondo. Allegretto
29:20
Hexagon Ensemble
8:49
Knardahl, Gothenburg Wind Quintet
II. Andante
From Edition Silvertrust

Rimsky-Korsakov wrote two works, String Sextet and this Quintet for Piano and Winds, for a competition held by the Russian Musical Society in 1876. In his autobiography, he wrote:

"After I had completed the String Sextet, I took it into my head to write a Quintet for Piano and Winds for the same competition. I composed the Quintet in three movements. The First movement, Allegro con brio, in the classic style of Beethoven. The Second Movement, Andante, contained a good fugue for the wind instruments with a very free accompaniment in the piano. In the finale, Allegretto vivace, I wrote in rondo form. Of interest is the middle section where I wrote cadenzas for the flute, the clarinet and the horn to be played in turns. Each was in the character of the instrument and each was interrupted by the bassoon entering by octave leaps...And what was the fate of my Sextet and Quintet? The jury awarded the prize to Napravnik for his Trio. My Sextet received an honorable mention, but my Quintet and every other work submitted by all of the other composers were discarded without comment. I heard later that Napravnik had been lucky to have had a pianist assigned to his trio who was a superb sight reader and thus had performed his trio beautifully, whereas my Quintet was ruined by another pianist who could not sight read nor make heads or tails of it. Had my Quintet been fortunate in the pianist assigned to it, I am sure it would have attracted the jury's attention."

The Quintet was not published until after Korsakov's death in 1912. That edition disappeared after the Russian Revolution. A second edition was subsequently published by the Soviet State Music Publishers. Our edition is a reprint of that long out of print edition. This Quintet is a first rate work with each instrument be treated wonderfully. Certainly it should be near the top of any list for those looking for attractive works for Piano and Winds.

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