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Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, March 2014

As a wind player I treasure Caplet’s chamber works and relished hearing performances this satisfying. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, January 2014

All the musicians on this disc…display real empathy for these works, with strong attention to personal phrasing and balance between the instruments. I would single out pianist Laurent Wagschal for praise, his touch reminiscent of Aldo Ciccolini…Also fine are clarinetist François Lemoine and saxophonist Cédric Carcelès in the Légende, each with a cool, lean tone that never seems under pressure regardless of the technical demands placed upon it.

The engineering deserves its parcel of praise, too. Four different instrumental arrangements, a mix of strings, winds, and piano that’s just inviting bad balance and acoustics—yet none of that occurs. The acoustic never draws attention to itself, and the balance always seems natural. There are some other classical labels that could learn much from Timpani in this respect. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, August 2013

Suite persane…is performed from time to time, but far more often, inevitably, in Francophone countries. This is a real loss for everyone else as the solemn intensity of the first of the three movements is affecting, and Caplet’s beautifully mellifluous writing in the central movement is richly harmonised. The incident where the horn line is subject to the decorative curl of supporting winds is highly distinctive. Extrovert colour and plenty of incident, propelled by a vivacious rhythmic drive, animates the finale. This beautiful piece deserves listeners.

The Wind Quintet is a very slightly earlier work but stylistically it inhabits a very much more ordered and conventional sound world. Caplet ensures that though the writing is rich, it never becomes clotted. The scherzo is appositely light-hearted, the finale more straight-forwardly determined.

Performances are uniformly fine and sensitive. The highlight of the disc is the Suite persane. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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