The Sylvan Winds Perform Music of the Gilded Age
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Delightful performances by the Sylvan Winds of works from the early 20th century.

The tradition of performing the repertoire on this recording came directly from French wind instrumentalists who were brought to New York in 1905 by Walter Damrosch to join the New York Symphony. The arrival of these performers, trained at the Paris Conservatory, was a turning point in the development of woodwind playing in this country. Flutist Georges Barrère was a key figure in this evolution. He became a tireless advocate of the music of his adopted country, insisting that all programs of his Wind Ensemble include at least one American work. He consistently promoted new repertoire and was responsible for the premières of more than 150 works. The Sylvan Winds are heirs to this rich heritage, one established by Barrère and his French colleagues, and are dedicated to preserving and continuing it. This recording will help listeners to appreciate our inherited classical music tradition. The Sylvan Winds, established in 1982, are an integral part of New York City's cultural offerings and have earned both critical and audience acclaim for their spirited performances and innovative programming.
Camille Saint-Saëns, composer
Feuillet d'Album, Op. 81
Sylvan Winds; Boris Baev (oboe); Mark Dover (clarinet); Nancy Belmont (bassoon); Eric Davis (horn)

Theodore Dubois, composer
Deuxième Suite for wind octet
Sylvan Winds; Diva Goodfriend-Koven (flute); Mark Dover (clarinet); Nancy Belmont (bassoon)

Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, composer
Second Suite for wind sextet, Op. 122
Sylvan Winds; Nicholas Gallas (clarinet)

Poldowski, composer
Suite Miniature for wind quintet
Sylvan Winds

Édouard Flament, composer
Fantasia con Fuga for wind septet, Op. 28
Sylvan Winds; Boris Baev (oboe); Nancy Belmont (bassoon)

Charles T. Griffes, composer
The Lake at Evening, Op. 5v Sylvan Winds; Boris Baev (oboe); Mark Dover (clarinet); Nancy Belmont (bassoon); Eric Davis (horn)

William Grant Still, composer
Sylvan Winds

William Grant Still, composer
Folk Suite No. 4
Sylvan Winds

May Aufderheide, composer
Richmond Rag
Sylvan Winds

Charlotte Blake, composer
Poker Rag
Sylvan Winds

Charlotte Blake, composer
Gravel Rag
Sylvan Winds

"…On this release, the Sylvan Winds, a mainstay of New York music since the late 1970s invites listeners back in time to take in a typical Barrere Ensemble recital.…The concert is well played. Individual timbres can vary in clarity and resonance, and overall blend can be a little wobbly, yet the Sylvan Winds capture the spirity of the music and its period with neatly sculpted phrases and clean technique. They make good cases for each neglected composer; and the arranged pieces sparkle with color and humor. Woodwind fans will find a lot to enjoy." (American Record Guide)