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Penguin Guide, January 2009

These 1997 performances show the Oslo Philharmonic wind on top form. They give the two Salzburg Divertimenti with finesse and grace, and bring great intensity to the C minor Serenade. The recording, made at the Lommedalen Church at Baerun, has splendid presence ad bloom. An outstanding bargain.



Classic FM, August 2005

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American Record Guide, August 2002

"The Oslo soloists are flawless players who more than measure up to the demands of these pieces. It is difficult to find any fatal fault with the recording at all, and the price is only an added incentive."



Richard Wigmore
BBC Music Magazine, June 2002

"There is much to savour here, whether in the beautifully molded Andante,...the gliding mirror canon of the trio - one of the most dulcet performances on disc - or the vivid characterization of the finale's variations. Rarely has the E flat variation sounded so magical...this new disc would be desirable even if it were at full-price. At a fiver it's a true bargain."



The State, April 2002

"The 'Serenade in C Minor, K. 388,' with its wonderfully solemn beauty, is assuredly the highlight, but the three Divertimenti that precede it are never less than engaging if written at a different level. The playing of each by the Oslo group...is excellent, and the sound is vivid and well balanced. A treat for the budget-minded, reminding us once again of how endlessly resourceful Mozart was."



Richard Wigmore
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), April 2002

"WHATEVER did Mozart's Viennese listeners make of his C minor Wind Serenade? Instead of stress-free dinner entertainment, the composer served up a work of unprecedented sombre grandeur and intellectual power. Even the minuet is a severe contrapuntal tour de force, light years away from the elegant aristocratic dance, and only the sudden burst of C major jollity at the end makes any concession to conventional expectations.

The three earlier wind divertimentos served here as aperitifs are exactly what the C minor Serenade isn't: cheerfully lightweight, full of lilting dance rhythms and tunes that could be whistled on any Salzburg street corner. There may be more dramatic, rhetorical versions of the C minor in the catalogue, but you will not go far wrong with the Oslo Wind Soloists, who invariably phrase sensitively and give a particularly thoughtful reading of the melancholy variation finale. No complaints in the three slighter works, where the players strike just the right balance between finesse and alfresco enjoyment. If you are still hesitating, look at the price."



Richard Wigmore
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), April 2002

"WHATEVER did Mozart's Viennese listeners make of his C minor Wind Serenade? Instead of stress-free dinner entertainment, the composer served up a work of unprecedented sombre grandeur and intellectual power. Even the minuet is a severe contrapuntal tour de force, light years away from the elegant aristocratic dance, and only the sudden burst of C major jollity at the end makes any concession to conventional expectations.

The three earlier wind divertimentos served here as aperitifs are exactly what the C minor Serenade isn't: cheerfully lightweight, full of lilting dance rhythms and tunes that could be whistled on any Salzburg street corner. There may be more dramatic, rhetorical versions of the C minor in the catalogue, but you will not go far wrong with the Oslo Wind Soloists, who invariably phrase sensitively and give a particularly thoughtful reading of the melancholy variation finale. No complaints in the three slighter works, where the players strike just the right balance between finesse and alfresco enjoyment. If you are still hesitating, look at the price."



Tony Haywood
MusicWeb International

"This recording strikes me as virtually ideal, and I certainly look forward to future releases from this group."






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