This 3-CD collection, a must-have for any enthusiast of music for winds, includes some of the greatest music ever written for wind quintet and piano in a number of instrument combinations. The repertoire spans the Classical and Romantic periods, ranging from the late 18th c. quintets for piano and winds by Mozart and Beethoven to the sextets for piano and winds by Poulenc and Roussel written in the early 20th c. The works are grouped with French works on CD1, Classical works on CD2 and Romantic works on CD3.
Les Vents Francais
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's a okay recording. I had high hopes for this recording. The last album by Les Vents Francais of French woodwind quintet music was spectacular. This album was missing the dazzle dazzle that this ensemble had in the last one. I would go a further to say it is boring. The ensemble playing was fine. But uninspiring.
Outstanding performances again by Les Vents Francais and partner Eric Le Sage. The first disc in the set is great, featuring little-known pieces by Farrenc and Caplet with more standard repertoire by Poulenc and Roussel. The second disc is less inspired, with good readings of some very well-known (and often-recorded) quintets by Beethoven and Mozart. The last disc again ventures into lesser-known (but appealing) pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov and Thuille. The recorded sound throughout is fine. On its own merits this is an agreeable set, but it's a shame more music wasn't included on the second and third disc (the Saint-Saens Caprice for instance).
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