MICHAEL THOMPSON WIND QUINTET
"Superb playing is required in every movement of these works, and the Michael Thompson Wind Quintet players are up to the task." Classics Today review of the ensemble's recording of the quintets of Reicha on Naxos.
The Michael Thompson Wind Quintet came into existence in 1992, when Barry Tuckwell announced he was leaving the Quintet that had previously carried his name.
The Members of the Quintet:
Michael Thompsonwas appointed Principal Horn of the Philharmonia at the age of 21, but resigned in 1985 to pursue a solo career.
Jonathan Snowden became Principal Flute of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985 after holding the same position with Opera North and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Derek Wickens, a founder member of the Barry Tuckwell Wind Quintet, was Principal Oboe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for eighteen years, and since 1981 has held the same place in the Opera Nationale in Brussels, a position that allows him time for solo engagements.
Robert Hill is Principal Clarinet of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed widely with the London Sinfonietta and the Nash Ensemble.
John Price began his orchestral career as Principal Bassoon of the Ulster Orchestra, and moved to take that role in the London Philharmonic in 1997.
The Quintet began an extensive series of recordings for Naxos in 1994 which include music by Franz Danzi, Anton Reicha, Franz Krommer together with more rarely-heard twentieth century works by Hindemith, Barber, Larsson and Janacek in which "The Thompson Quintet captures every pleasing moment" according to the American Record Guide.