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Phillip Scott
Fanfare, March 2014

In this cute program we have chamber works for wind quintet by three generations of composers from the same family.

The three composers share the attributes of expert craftsmanship and an understanding of the capabilities of wind instruments…The excellent Carion musicians characterize quirky episodes and find the perfect tempo for such pieces as the gentle waltz in the first movement of Herman’s Sonatine. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Mark L Lehman
American Record Guide, November 2013

Performances and sonics are outstanding… © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review



Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, July 2013

Anders Koppel[’s] Sonatina…has a certain Harlequinesque quality, infused with hints of jazzy cadences and deliciously changeable moods. The slow movement opens with a slightly dissonant March, surrounded by a lot of colour and detail, and ending with a cadential passage. The finale now unleashes a real dance in the form of a Tarantella, full of Mediterranean verve and light. This highly engaging work earns its premiere recording in this captivating performance.

Krazy Kat Music for wind quintet…is heard in its first ever recording. It opens and closes with sweetly solemn writing but in between there are plenty of collage-like incidents to keep the ear excited. Technically quite challenging, but fluently and playfully written, it has a dreamlike quality.

…you should be assured that the recordings and the performances by the…ensemble Carion are excellent. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2013

Three wind quintets from the Koppel family—father, son and grandson—all of whom have made a major impact on the Danish musical scene. From a time point of view, there is a quirk in the order of things, the score from grandson, Benjamin, predating his father’s work by a couple of years. Of Herman Koppel’s Quintet I am already pleasingly familiar, the brief three movements adding up to little more than nine minutes. Yet into that time-span he shoehorns so much attractive lyric music that belongs to an age predating its 1932 origin. It is a little masterpiece in its use of the various permutations from solo passages, through duets, and to passages of dialogue between all five instruments. Stylistically not much had changed seventy years later when Anders Koppel wrote his Quintet, only the harmonies were just a little more peppery. Where his father’s Quintet was very straightlaced, Anders finds a lot to say that is delightfully humorous, the piece taking its influences from the Italian commedia dell’arte, the outer movements coloured by the use of a piccolo to add a feeling of mischief. That is Anders only work in the genre, and came two years after Benjamin Koppel’s Krazy Kat Music of 2000, the input taking its idea from the American strip cartoon. In the event, his father is far more adept at creating an amusing scenario, Benjamin trying too hard to find unusual sounds, and finishing up using the same form of tonality as his forefathers. The disc comes from the Danish group, Carion, who specialise in modern music, their playing perfectly delineated and probably helped by the rather close and flat perspective of the recording. © David’s Review Corner





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