Weekend Gramophone featuring the world premier performance of Henri Tomasi's Wind Quintet 1952 as performed by Quintette a Vent Francaise.
November 6, 2011

Henri Tomasi - multi-talent as well as prolific composer.

A world premier this week. Henri Tomasi's Wind Quintet (1952) as performed by Quintett a Vent Francaise (Jean Pierre Rampal, Jacques Lancelot, Paul Hongne and Gilbert Coursier) in a live performance recorded by French Radio and released on transcription discs via the Masterworks From France radio series.

Tomasi was one of those widely respected and prolific composers who also doubled as a celebrated conductor throughout France and Europe from the 1930's until his death in 1971. This recording hasn't been reissued for some reason, or if it has it's long since vanished. And something of a rarity for you Jean Pierre Rampal fans. A great recording that's a little dodgy in parts but otherwise a historic document.

More next week.

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