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Bernardo Pasquini Suite in G (for Wind Quintet)

A miniature suite from the Baroque era...

Bernardo Pasquini (1637 – 1710) was an Italian composer and keyboard virtuoso from the mid-Baroque era who wrote operas, oratorios, cantatas and, unsurprisingly, a vast array of works for the harpsichord and its cousins. This particular piece is a compact little suite with an elegant opening, a rather muscular corrente section, and a lilting aria in compound time to end. It's almost like the lunch one has at a French café ('menu à prix fixe'), three courses, very nicely done, but that still leaves you wanting a crêpe or two afterwards. Which is a slightly pretentious way of saying that the piece is a bit short. But still pleasant enough. Good for playing in a gazebo at a garden party maybe.


Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

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