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Quintets for Piano & Winds by Mozart & Beethoven

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
A life-affirming disc if ever there was one, this coupling of Mozart and Beethoven's quintets for piano and winds by the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and pianist Stephen Hough is also an absolutely necessary disc. With an alert but relaxed ensemble, warm but cool balances, and light but propulsive rhythms, the Berlin players are ideally suited for these two masterpieces of the Viennese High Classical Period, and joined with Hough's masterful blend of intelligence, virtuosity, and soulfulness, the performances here are as close to perfect as is humanly possible. But what lifts the disc from the merely life-affirming to the absolutely necessary is the transcription for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
A life-affirming disc if ever there was one, this coupling of Mozart and Beethoven's quintets for piano and winds by the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and pianist Stephen Hough is also an absolutely necessary disc. With an alert but relaxed ensemble, warm but cool balances, and light but propulsive rhythms, the Berlin players are ideally suited for these two masterpieces of the Viennese High Classical Period, and joined with Hough's masterful blend of intelligence, virtuosity, and soulfulness, the performances here are as close to perfect as is humanly possible. But what lifts the disc from the merely life-affirming to the absolutely necessary is the transcription for wind quintet plus piano of Mozart's "Adagio in C minor" and "Rondeau in C major," better known as the Adagio and Rondeau for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola, and cello. The work has heretofore enjoyed a limited popularity owing to the restricted number of glass harmonica virtuosos, but as transcribed by flutist Michael Hasel, the work achieves a new lease on life here, as well as a superlative world-premiere recording by Hough and the wind quintet. Recorded in 2000 Mozart and 2004 Beethoven by producer Robert Suff, the sound of these performances is uniformly rich, wide, and full.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590015520
  • Catalog Number: 1552
  • Sales rank: 164,670

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon in E flat major, K. 452 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Stephen Hough (24:51)
  2. 4–5 Adagio and Rondo for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola & cello in C minor, K. 617 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Stephen Hough (11:34)
  3. 6–8 Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon in E flat major, Op. 16 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Stephen Hough (23:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Primary Artist
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