The L’Orfeo Bläserensemble was founded in 2009 and consists of members of the L’Orfeo Barockorchester. The unique approach of the orchestra to generally think in terms of chamber music, no matter the size of the orchestra, led to the obvious step of actually playing chamber music written for winds. The ensemble is directed by oboist Carin van Heerden. The first CD was released in 2010 with the complete octetts and quintetts for winds by Mozart’s Bohemian contemporary Josef Myslivecek. The L’Orfeo Wind Ensemble has performed at the donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau, at the German Mozartfest Augsburg and the Mozartfest Würzburg. Recently the ensemble has been focussing on works by Georg Philipp Telemann. These works were presented in Linz and in Telemann’s city of birth Magdeburg. Three volumes of CDs with this repertoire have been produced by cpo since 2018.
The L’Orfeo wind players are outstanding; sprightly, vivacious playing with sprinklings of neat ornaments and a great interaction between the parts, the horns really relishing the escape from their typical harmony-filling role.
Early Music Review, Brian Clark