Ma'a lot Wind Quintet

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Ma’alot quintet was founded in Germany in 1986.  Its repertoire embraces compositions for wind quintet from the Viennese classics to the present day.  Quintet members Ulf-Guido Schäfer and Volker Grewel have prepared arrangements of new music in collaboration with contemporary composers, thereby introducing audiences to new sounds and ideas and expanding the chamber music repertoire.

The ensemble regularly appears in the major concert halls of Germany and has been invited to many of Europe’s capitals.  In North America, Ma’alot has performed in New York City, Boston, Cleveland, and Chicago.  The Ma’alot Quintet’s six recordings for Glissando have garnered critical acclaim. It now records exclusively with the MDG label. The quintet’s Dvorak disc won the 2005 Echo Klassik prize.  A Piazzolla recording was released in the fall of 2006.  All members of the ensemble hold positions in major German orchestras or serve as professors at conservatories.


EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM, Opus 61, (A Midsummer Night’S Dream)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
arr.Ulf-Guido Schäfer

Aufritt der Handwerker
Lied und Elfenchor


Paul Hindemith (1895–1963)

Lustig. Mässig schnelle Viertel
Ruhig und einfach
Schnelle Viertel
Sehr lebhaft



György Ligeti (1923–2006)

Allegro con spirito
Rubato. Lamentoso
Allegro grazioso
Presto Ruvido
Adagio. Mesto
Molto vivace. Capriccioso


Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
arr. Ulf-Guido Schäfer

Primavera Porteña (from Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas)
Café (from Histoire du Tango)
Verano Porteño (from Estaciones Porteñas)

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