Ludwig van Beethoven

Rondo for wind octet in E flat major ("Rondino"), WoO 25

    Description by James Reel

    This modest piece shares with Beethoven's more substantial wind Octet the year of composition, key, and scoring (pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns, and bassoons), and in fact was probably composed originally as an alternate finale for that work. It's one of many pieces Beethoven composed as "table music" for the court of Maximilian Franz, Elector of Cologne, in whose service he had been since 1784. In contrast to the energetic Octet, this is a mellower work, an Andante that begins with a spacious, horn-flavored melody serving as a refrain; it makes two varied and embellished returns, the first with tender filigrees from the non-melody instruments, and the second with lightly witty little flourishes from the oboes and clarinets. In between come two minor-mode episodes, gentle nocturnes; the first features the clarinet in a plaintive little aria, and the second is a substantial duet for the horns. The coda fades into the distance, but not before requiring the horns to play an extended passage alternately unmuted and muted, which must have been a challenge to the players of the time, who had to hand-stop some notes on their valveless instruments.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Linn CKD 572
    2016 Passacaille PAS 1016
    2013 Lawo Classics LWC 1036
    2013 Brilliant Classics 94630
    2012 Sony Classical 88697962622
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94052
    2009 Ricercar 287
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93525
    2007 Cascade Records 2200
    2007 EMI Classics 87739
    2007 EMI Classics 3777672
    2006 Harmonia Mundi 905264
    2006 CBC Records MVCD1173
    2006 Inside Sounds 111
    2005 Angel Records 72643
    2004 Alpha Productions / Glossa GCD 920606
    2001 Tudor Records 780
    2001 Rondo Grammofon 8360
    2000 Sony Music Distribution 65951
    2000 Ricercar 092078
    2000 Angel Records 56817
    1999 CPO CPO999 658-2
    1999 Arts Music 47550
    1999 Hyperion CDH55037
    1998 Ricercar 206712
    1997 CPO CPO999 438-2
    1997 Deutsche Grammophon 453 779-2GCB2
    1995 Curb 78016
    1995 BIS 186
    1994 Sony Music Distribution 53367
    1992 ASV CDDCA807
    Preiser Records 90242
    Cascade Records 2285
    Brilliant 93525/15
    SIMT 001