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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The blending of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind is richly urbane, but this does not mean their performance of Dvoƙák’s delightful Serenade is in any way lacking in vitality and sprit; indeed, the Allegro molto finale is irresistibly zestful, bubbling over with bravura. The Beethoven Wind Octet is rightly treated in a more robust fashion, presented with the freshness of a masterpiece, and there is wonderful geniality in the Menuetto (taken at a fair lick) and much infectious virtuosity (especially from the horns) in the Presto finale. The ensemble is recorded within the Jaspissaal of the Neue Kammern (new chambers) of the summer palace of Frederick the Great in, which is a visual delight and has a superb acoustic for a wind ensemble; the sound is in every way first class. The camera follows individual players and the whole ensemble in alternation and is usually just where you would want it to be.

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