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Melbourne Windpower

Directed by Richard Runnels. Features wind octets by Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven, Bozza and Australian Graham Powning. Recorded in the exceptionally clear and natural acoustic of the Melbourne Concert Hall.

Melbourne Windpower is directed by American-born horn player Richard Runnels, principal horn of the State Orchestra of Victoria. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, he attended Idiana University and the Salzburg Mozarteum. A former member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and artist-in-residence at the Victoria College of the Arts, he has performed solo and chamber concerts (with ENSEMBLE I) around the world. Runnels made his conducting debut with the Australian Ballet in 1986 and his opera debut at Italy's Spoleto Festival in 1987.


Melbourne Windpower

Melbourne Windpower brings the late 18th century tradition of wind ensemble music to the present day. The members of Melbourne Windpower perform with the State Orchestra of Victoria.

Richard Runnels

American-born horn player Richard Runnels, is currently the principal horn of the Orchestra Victoria. Richard has conducted for the Australian Ballet and made his opera conducting debut at the 1987 Spoleto Festival in Italy. He also directs Melbourne Windpower.

Press quotes

“This recording has introduced me to the pleasures of wind music on this scale, and for this I am truly thankful ... This is a group very deserving of patronage ...”

— Philip Nunn, The Age - Green Guide

“This is a superb ensemble. The group is solid in every respect: complex rhythmic sections, intonation, attacks, and releases.”

— John Dressler, Horn Call

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Track Listing

    Feldpartie in B flat, Hob.II:43 Franz Joseph Haydn

  1. Allegro comodo
  2. Andante moderato
  3. Minuetto
  4. Rondo: Allegretto
  5. Wind Octet Graham Powning

  6. Allegro tempestoso
  7. Menuetto
  8. Lento maestoso
  9. Marcia
  10. Rondo: Allegro vivo
  11. Six Sonatas Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

  12. Allegretto
  13. Andante
  14. Allegro
  15. Allegretto grazioso
  16. Allegro ma non troppo
  17. Allegro assai
  18. Octanphonie Eugene Bozza

  19. Molto moderato — Allegro
  20. Andantino
  21. Allegro vivo
  22. Parthia in E flat, Op. 103 Ludwig van Beethoven

  23. Allegro
  24. Andante
  25. Menuetto
  26. Finale: Presto



Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 – 1788) was a German classical period musician and composer. He was a crucial composer in the transition between the baroque and classical periods, and one of the founders of the classical style, composing in the rococo and classical periods. His second name was given in honor of his godfather Georg Philipp Telemann, a friend of Emanuel's father.

Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms.

Graham Powning

Over the past twenty years Graham Powning's compositions have been written mainly for woodwind instruments and his great sense of humour shows through in the highly imaginative titles of his works.

Eugene Bozza

Eugène Joseph Bozza (1905–1991) was a French composer. Bozza studied composition, conducting, and violin at the Paris Conservatoire. He is known primarily for his chamber music. Bozza's work includes five symphonies, operas, ballets, and many pieces for brass ensemble. His larger works are rarely performed outside his native France.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

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Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Martin Wright
Richard Runnels
Timothy Calnin
Martin Wright
Melbourne Concert Hall
Release date
© 1989 Move Records
℗ 1989 Move Records
Australian, Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3082
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574308228