Danzi was one of the first composers to cultivate the wind quintet; these diverting pieces offer unexpected pleasure. On Naxos the horn soloist Michael Thompson has gathered round him a superbly balanced group of London’s leading wind players and they combine to give polished and beautifully blended performances. The Wind Sextet is in the tradition of wind Harmoniemusik and is fluently appealing. The second disc also includes Danzi’s First Horn Sonata, probably modelled on Beethoven’s similar work, although the style is more romantic. The Second Sonata is even more lyrically gallant, particularly in the theme and variations finale. But any one of these three discs will give much enjoyment.
"The Michael Thompson Quintet takes quite a different appoavh; where the A-S-Q invariably goes for brio and a relaxed kind of brilliance, the MTQ finds melodic expansiveness and proceeds to emphasize as no one has done before all the savory little elegances of Danzi's ensemble textures... I feel quite strongly that both ensembles should - and I am quite confident that they will - go on with what they have begun. Naxos has made a nice chamber-music recording, roomy and full-bodied. Strongly recommended."
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