I first heard this piece played by Clas Pehrsson
back in 1982 on his LP BIS-LP 8 Stereo which I have in my possession. It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and I had to wait until November 1997 when purchased for use with Blue Tuesday and was finally able to play it. Great stuff, too!!
The whole work is marked by the sudden interludes whereby some pretty hairy duos take place while the rest of the quintet take it is or have to count bars. It has three movements: Adagio, Allegro and Allegro. The Adagio is pretty gloomy stuff enlightened by duo passages, first by the 3rd and 4th voices and then by the 1st and 2nd voices. This is a dramatic start and is in stark contrast with the 1st allegro which is characterised by all five voices playing the main theme in unison four times and separated by duo passages. The duo between the 2nd and 3rd voices is especially demanding. The final allegro in 3/4 time is a further contrast and somewhat of a relaxation after the demanding 1st allegro.
I have very fond memories of playing this item at a workshop with Bettina Kiefner
in autumn 1997, in Emsdetten and Münster and again with the Bremen Recorder Touring Company
in June 2000 in Bremen-Vegesack in Kito