Octophoros

Category:ensemble (instrumentaal)
Genre(s):classicisme, romantiek
Conductor of:Paul Dombrecht

Biography

In the 18th century the family of wind instruments suddenly grew in importance. The pastoral character of the woodwinds and the stately character of the brass players made many rich noblemen request a special role for the wind section of their orchestras on many occasions. These wind ensembles, also known as “Harmonie”, played an important role in the music life of the Enlightenment and famous composers wrote masterpieces for winds in varying strengths. At the beginning of the 19th century the dominating position of patronage by the nobility gradually disappeared, mostly because of financial problems, and around 1820 most of the wind ensembles had vanished from the stage. In 1984 Paul Dombrecht founded Octophoros, with a view to revaluing the often forgotten music for this kind of cast, while concurrently singling out for special attention more recent compositions for similar ensembles. The core group consists of two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns. The CD with Mozart’s Gran Partita and the unique recording of Wind & Janissary Music have been awarded international prizes.

Selective discography

A guide to musical instruments (vol II) 1800-1950A guide to musical instruments (vol II) 1800-1950 (2013)
Baroque, romanticism, 20th century
Diverse uitvoerders, Paul Dombrecht, Diverse componisten, Octophoros, Jos van Immerseel, Ricercar Consort, Anima Eterna Brugge
Richard Strauss - Music for wind instrumentsRichard Strauss - Music for wind instruments (2011)
romanticism
Octophoros, Richard Strauss, Paul Dombrecht
Richard Strauss - Music for wind instrumentsRichard Strauss - Music for wind instruments (2011)
romanticism
Octophoros, Richard Strauss, Paul Dombrecht
Beethoven for windsBeethoven for winds (2004)
classicism
Octophoros, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Paul Dombrecht, Marcel Ponseele, Hans Rudolf Stalder, Elmar Schmid, Piet Dombrecht, Claude Maury (...)
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Divertimenti vol. IMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Divertimenti vol. I (2000)
classicism
Octophoros, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Gran PartitaMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Gran Partita (1998)
classicism
Octophoros, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Barthold Kuijken, Barthold Kuijken
Mozart W.A. - van Beethoven L.Mozart W.A. - van Beethoven L. (1992)
classicism
Jos van Immerseel, Octophoros, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven
Harmonie und JanitscharenmusikHarmonie und Janitscharenmusik (1988)
classicism
Octophoros, Louis Spohr, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Antonio Rosetti, Paul Dombrecht
Mozart W.A. - van Beethoven L.Mozart W.A. - van Beethoven L. (1985)
classicism
Jos van Immerseel, Octophoros, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven
van Beethoven Ludwig - Symfonie nr. 7 op. 92van Beethoven Ludwig - Symfonie nr. 7 op. 92 (1984)
classicism
Paul Dombrecht, Octophoros, Marcel Ponseele, Piet Dombrecht, Claude Maury, Danny Bond, Claude Wassmer, Hans Rudolf Stalder (...)