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Reviews: Danses et Divertissements - Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

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Review by Wartybliggens August 14, 2013 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Somehow I wandered into the area of wind quintet music very early in my exploration of classical music, and I still count certain wind quintet pieces among my very favorite music ever. Case in point: the "Sérénade pour quintette à vent avec hautbois principal" by Jolivet. I was in the record store looking at a new release of French Trumpet Concertos on BIS (French Trumpet Concertos) and pointed out to a friend the name Jolivet, mentioning his quintet. Searching through the stacks to show him what I meant, I came across this recording. I do remember being alive in 2009, but somehow I missed this fantastic album. Not only does it have a stunningly performed and captured performance of the Jolivet piece, but it also has a major Poulenc piece with none other than Stephen Hough at the piano. No recoding can completely replicate the mesmerizing, brain-vibrating effect of wind instruments that you get close up in a live setting, but this comes pretty darn close, and captures the rich colors the musicians so expertly get out of this music.

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