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American Record Guide, October 2003

"Naxos seems to be embarking on what promises to be a delightful series that shines the light on the soloists of the Vienna Philharmonic and at the same time serves as an introduction to certain instruments of the orchestra. This is the first volume; about two a year are scheduled. The instruments will be clarinet, horn, viola, flute, oboe, bassoon, cello, violin, trumpet, and trombone. If all of the recordings are of the quality of this one, it will be a series worth collecting.

Czech clarinetist Peter Schmidl, long-time first chair in Vienna and a professor at the Vienna Conservatory, has selected a terrific program that sets at least three benchmarks.

The Beethoven is simply outstanding...Pianist Inui and cellist Miteva, quite a few years younger than Mr Schmidl, play on a par with the leader in this fully committed and exceptional reading.

The Brahms fares as well... Schmidl and company strike the heart of the piece in an effusively murky manner.

The third unparalleled reading here is the delicate, romantic, yet curiously Webernesque Four Pieces by Alban Berg...These short works are played with fire and ice, and a rare sensitivity.

So there you have it: a great recording of great works by a great clarinetist.

Scott Morrison, May 2003

The clarinetist is one of the best - Peter Schmidl, principal clarinet of the Vienna Philharmonic. His colleagues - Madoka Inui, piano; Teodora Mileva, cello; and Pierre Pichler, basset-horn, are fully his equals. The playing is suave, the ensemble tightly coordinated and the recorded sound clear and life-like. This is 68 minutes of unalloyed beauty. Naxos has come up with another winner.

Record Geijutsu

"Schmidl's performance is light and lucid and his embouchure admirable. Madoka Inui's performance is very good, her touch sounds beautifully and lingers in the ear."

Die Presse

"A highly masterful but exceptionally sensual clarinet voice. Schmidl's tone is almost a legend. It caresses the ear without being sweet . . . ."

HMV Japan

Peter Schmidl, jewel of the Vienna Philharmonic, is appreciated by clarinet fans around the world. Now he has released a CD for Naxos: Trios by Beethoven and Brahms, pieces by Alban Berg and interesting works with basset horn by Mendelssohn. With those works you will have your fill of the clarinet. Schmidl conveys the heart of music and not only mechanical brilliance. The warm sound, the austerity and the organic, singing elegance of his tone are typically Viennese. Pianist Madoka Inui, often performing with the soloists of the VPO, is harmonizing with her sensual playing, which is more than accompaniment, but backs up the whole performance. She is responsible for the perfection of the CD. RECOMMENDED.

Sensible Sound

From budget label Naxos comes this delightful chamber recital featuring the mellifluous sound of the clarinet. The opening piece is early Beethoven, melodic and pleasing. Then some mature Brahms, with plenty of meat on its bones. Next comes quite a change of pace, the quirky herky-jerky Four Pieces by Alban Berg, sounding like music from the moon, bracingly refreshing . . . This is a most enjoyable program, and available at a bargain price. Three cheers for Naxos!

Kleine Zeitung

"With a clarinet tone as soft as butter Peter Schmidl demonstrates the high class of his instrument."

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