Oslo Kammerakademi

Chanson et danses - French Chamber Music for Winds

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020182476
Catnr: LWC 1225
Release date: 03 September 2021
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€ 19.95
Lawo Classics
Catalogue number
LWC 1225
Release date
03 September 2021

About the album

Flutist, composer, and teacher Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) was to have a decisive influence on the development of chamber music for winds in France. While his work as a flutist and educator can in no way be undervalued, Taffanel’s musical career extended far beyond this. He was also a renowned composer and conductor, and had considerable entrepreneurial talent. In 1879 he founded the Société de musique de chambre pour instruments à vent (Society of Chamber Music for Wind Instruments). The organization’s objective was to expand and promote chamber music repertoire for winds. Taffanel took the classic octet as his starting point, the orchestration that had given rise to the Harmonie music of Mozart and Beethoven’s time, but the society also aimed to profile soloists and bring new French and foreign works to light. The concert program of the society’s inaugural performance on 6 February 1879, in Salons Pleyel-Wolff is indeed a testimony to this. They performed Beethoven’s Octet, op.103, the flute sonata in B minor by Bach with Taffanel himself as soloist, Barthe’s Aubade for wind quintet, and a quintet for piano and winds by Rubinstein. After the concert, the magazine La Revue et Gazette de Paris interpreted the ensemble’s intentions as follows: “A group of artists have just met with the commendable goal of making chamber music for wind instruments better known, something we have far too much neglected at our concerts.”

On this recording, the Oslo Kammerakademi performs chamber works for winds by composers Charles Gounod, Charles Koechlin, Florent Schmitt, Théodore Gouvy, and Vincent d’Indy, several of which were composed for the Société de musique de chambre pour instruments à vent.


Oslo Kammerakademi performs chamber mu­sic for winds with the historical Harmoniemu­sik instrumentation as a foundation. Founded by Artistic Director David Friedemann Strunck, the ensemble has established itself as a leader in Europe, with critically acclaimed CD record­ings and invitations to prestigious festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival, Summerwinds Holz­bläserfestival Münsterland, Glogerfestspillene, the Fartein Valen Festival, Trondheim Kammer­musikkfest, Stavanger Kammermusikkfestival, and the Valdres Summer Symphony Festival, among others.
Oslo Kammerakademi utilizes historical brass in­struments in repertoire from the Baroque, Clas­sical and Romantic periods. This contributes to the ensemble’s authentic sound and historically oriented performances.

Oslo Kammerakademi also performs newly written music for the Harmoniemusik setting. The ensemble has thus far collaborated with composers Mert Karabey (Turkey), Magnar Åm, Morten Gaathaug, Ketil Hvoslef, Trygve Brøske, Gisle Kverndokk, and Henrik Hellstenius.
Since its inception in 2009, the ensemble’s am­bition has been to embrace the full range of literature for the Harmonie ensemble – from its origin in Vienna in the 1780s to the music of our own time.

Oslo Kammerakademi released its first CD re­cording, Beethoven for Wind Octet (LWC1036) in 2012, and the CD Leipzig! (LWC1093) in 2014. Oslo Kammerakademi’s third CD, the first beau­ty (LWC1093), which was released in 2015, com­pleted a trilogy of Harmoniemusik from three eras. All three releases have been very well re­ceived both at home and abroad. Among other things, BBC Music Magazine gave their debut al­bum five out of five stars. The ensemble more re­cently released Mozart for Wind Octet (LWC1141) in 2017 and in 2019, they released their collabo­ration with Christian Ihle Hadland, Mozart/Dan­zi/Beethoven for Piano and Winds (LWC1187). Both recordings earned overwhelmingly positive reviews.


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