Blow: Music for Winds
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Archival recordings of Joseph Fennimore's music for winds.

Composer Joseph Fennimore credits hearing Peter and the Wolf as a young child for instilling his lifelong love for wind instruments. He comments that "As with singing, their expression comes from the flow of breath itself; the player is the instrument." This recording (the 12th on Albany Records devoted to his music and piano playing) is a collection of unedited concert performances, recorded between 1973 and 1989, which give an overview of his delightful music for wind instruments.
Contents:
Joseph Fennimore, composer
Sonata for clarinet and piano
David Niethamer (clarinet); Charles Schneider (piano)

Joseph Fennimore, composer
Sextet for woodwind quintet and piano
Chelsea Chamber Ensemble; Joseph Fennimore (piano)

Joseph Fennimore, composer
Spring Sonata for flute and piano
Gary Schocker (flute); Dennis Helmrich (piano)

Joseph Fennimore, composer
Romance for flute, clarinet, and piano
Tim Malosh (flute); Larry Guy (clarinet); Joseph Fennimore (piano)
v Joseph Fennimore, composer
Duo for oboe and piano
Eugene Box (oboe); Joseph Fennimore (piano)

Joseph Fennimore, composer
Second Sextet for woodwind quintet and piano
Chelsea Chamber Ensemble; Joseph Fennimore (piano)

Review:
The composer and pianist Joseph Fennimore, who has been active since the ‘50s, returns with a 12th album on Albany Records, as he showcases his love for wind instruments while lending his own inimitable piano skills to nearly 80 minutes of very well thought out chamber sounds. “Sonata For Clarinet And Piano” starts the listen with David Niethamer’s swift clarinet and Charles Schneider’s playful piano interacting with fluid, exciting gestures, and “Sextet For Woodwind Quintet And Piano” follows with the Chelsea Chamber Ensemble and Fennimore’s piano prowess alternating between calm moments of beauty and bouts of firm, triumphant musicianship. Later on, “Romance For Flute, Clarinet And Piano” indeed brings a romantic spirit as Tim Malosh’s dreamy flute works well alongside Larry Guy’s precise clarinet and Fennimore’s warm keys, while “Duo For Oboe And Piano” embraces both serene moments as well as bouncy bursts of upbeat ideas from Eugene Box and Fennimore. “Second Sextet For Woodwind Quintet And Piano” exits the listen with a cinematic elegance that emits timeless melody as the many instruments blend together seamlessly. All the recordings here are unedited concert performances between 1973 and 1989, and the quality of the recordings range from very good to exceptional. The delivery, of course, is flawless as Fennimore and company delight us with their keen attention to detail. (www.takeeffectreviews.com)
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