Recorded in the Church of Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague - Vinohrady,
January 20-22, 2016.
The present album marks the 10th anniversary of the PhilHarmonia Octet. The ensemble is
made up of superlative soloists, laureates of major international competitions, and
members of globally renowned orchestras (the Berliner Philharmoniker, WDR Koln, Czech
Philharmonic, etc.). The recording features works by both Czech and foreign composers.
The Serenade in C minor is one of the first pieces signalling the change in Mozart's music,
with the hitherto enthralling playful abandon being replaced by serious, dramatic tones.
Although formally an entertainment piece, Die kleine Nachtmusik possesses an intellectual
profundity. On the other hand, the Wind Octet in E flat major (originally denominated
Partita), written by Beethoven at the age of 22, fully corresponded to the piece's being
designated to be performed at banquets - most likely those held by his employer,
Maximilian Franz, the Elector and Archbishop of Cologne. Technically challenging, it is
conceived as a concert piece, with the parts possessing a virtuoso stylisation. The
extraordinarily gifted Czech pianist and composer Gideon Klein (1919-1945) wrote his
Divertimento when he was twenty years of age, when he only had less than six years of life
ahead of him, before dying at the Furstengrube concentration camp.
One of the most mature of his works, the piece reveals the artist's having been affected by
Janacek and Schonberg, yet palpable too is the influence of Neo-Classicism and the
Moravian folk song. The album presents three totally different facets of the wind octet,
encompassing music that spans almost two centuries, as performed by a brilliant