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The Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet offers a delightful program of American music.

The Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet is the resident faculty wind quintet at Ball State University. They were awarded an American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010. The grant supported performances, educational activities, touring and this recording. Founded in 1957, the quintet has made eight cross-country tours, which have brought them an enviable reputation and high critical acclaim. This cd of works by American composers includes the world premiere recording of David Maslanka’s Quintet No. 4.
Contents:
Steven Stucky, composer
Serenade for Wind Quintet
Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet

Jenni Brandon, composer
Five Frogs
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Bruce Adolphe, composer
Night Journey
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Amy Beach, composer
Pastorale
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Jennifer Higdon, composer
Autumn Music
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David Maslanka, composer
Quintet No. 4
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Review:
“Fascinating works in excellent recordings by the Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet…The members of this fine ensemble are adept at making their very different wind instruments blend beautifully–so well, indeed, that we are often unsure just which instruments we are hearing.” (American Record Guide)

“The Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet…gives spirited performances, characterized by tight ensemble and nuanced and sensitive phrasing. …Whatever the usual market for re-cordings of woodwind quintets may be, this disc ought to transcend it, since its appeal should extend to all lovers of contemporary music. Highly recommended.” (Fanfare)

“This program is an absolute gem, filled with incredibly interesting pieces by American composers covering many diverse styles. …Each of these works is, or should be, in the standard repertory for woodwind quintet.” (Audiophile Audition)
 
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