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Celebrated not least for the invention of their original genre, the reed quintet, Calefax is known internationally for their virtuosic playing and their “pop” sensibility as they arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique constellation. From early music to classical and jazz to world premières, in the hands of Calefax it all sounds fresh and new. The Amsterdam-based ensemble has received many prestigious awards, including the 1997 Philip Morris Arts Prize, the 2001 Kersjes van de Groenekan Prize, the 2005 VSCD Classical Music Award, and the 2012 German Junge Ohren Prize for the family musical show De Muziekfabriek. They perform frequently throughout Europe, as well as in Russia, China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and the USA. The Times (UK) has called them “five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.”

Posted: Jan-18-2019
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Acclaimed in the Netherlands and abroad, the members of Calefax arguably invented a completely new genre: the reed quintet. Hidden Gems documents the quintet's own rich history: each track is a reminder of remarkable Calefax programs of past years. If this CD chronicles anything, it is the way Calefax lives and breathes - Every piece on this disc evokes, for the musicians, cherished memories.



Petro Antonia Localtell: Introduzione teatrale Op. 4, no. 1

Arcangelo Corelli: Variations on La Folia, Op. 5, no. 12

Nina Simone: For All We Know

Carlo Gesualdo: Tu m'uccidi, o crudele

Nico Muhly: Look For Me

Abing: Er Quan Ying Yue

Cesar Franck: Prelude, fugue et variation

Johann Wilhelm Wilms: Rondo from Sinfonia a grand orchestra no. 4

Erik Satie: Danses de travers

Ron Ford: Motet

Leos Janacek: Zdenka Variations

Josquin des Prez: Nymphes des bois

Posted: Apr-1-2018
Latest Acclaim

"This was a tour de force performance that displayed the band’s versatility, technical mastery and interpretive skills to the fullest. Their compelling and convincing rendering emphasized the fluid lyricism and nuanced dynamics and expressive shadings of Bach’s original. The Calefax made the Goldberg Variations seems notably fresh in this retooling, the music springing to life with their vibrant and magnificent playing."

— Utah Arts Review
Posted: Feb-6-2019
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Posted: Jul-25-2018