I am up, although barely awake as it is very early. I'm getting ready to drive family to the airport and this extremely fine disc of Contemporary (with the exception of the Amy Beach) American woodwind music is what I have playing. I'm enjoying it as much as my French press so it is share time. Practically everything is excellent listening here, and I am especially fond of Jenni Brandon's playful and exciting "Five Frogs", David Maslanka's Quintet No. 4 and Amy Beach's utterly enchanting "Pastorale". I find it difficult to listen to Beach's little woodwind gem but once; it's really gorgeous and it's elegant lines move me greatly. Ah and I cannot leave out Jennifer Higdon's attractive and moody "Autumn Music" (inspired perhaps by Samuel Barber's wind quintet masterpiece that celebrates the warmer months?).
Fantastic music abounds...and to all wind music fans, this will be your candy shop!