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ABC Classics is delighted to partner with Arcadia Winds for the release of their debut self-titled EP. Acknowledged as one of the finest Australian chamber groups of the new generation, Arcadia Winds are Musica Viva’s inaugural Futuremakers – the new artist development programme from the world’s largest presenter of chamber and ensemble music.
The album traces Arcadia’s journey as an ensemble thus far, bringing light to the music they love and the values they uphold. “The title Arcadia Winds is as much a manifesto as it is our name. It’s an album that celebrates the fun and energy that inspires our collective music making, our passionate advocacy for new Australian music and our role as ambassadors for wind music.”
Ligeti's Six Bagatelles for wind quintet headlines the EP. A seminal work in the development of the wind quintet repertoire, it explores a series of deceptively simple musical ideas that take the listener on a rollercoaster ride through a breathtaking landscape of wind sounds. Lachlan Skipworth's new work, Echoes and Lines, is next. In this work Skipworth challenges the conventional wisdom that winds are more difficult to blend than strings, combining the five instruments of the wind quintet in a truly groundbreaking way. Flute and oboe become "floboe", horn and basson become "bassorn" in a way that simultaneously befuddles and enthralls the ears. Percy Grainger's Walking Tune, a stunningly beautiful stroll through the English countryside, and Julio Medaglia's Choro em Berlin, a racous and thrilling South American tango, round out the EP.
1–6. LIGETI Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
7–15. SKIPWORTH Echoes and Lines
16. GRAINGER Walking Tune
17. MEDAGLIA Choro em Berlin from Suite popular brasiliera