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Patrick Hanudel
American Record Guide, March 2020

…The concert is professional and compelling. True to the composer, the performers rattle the classical structures with infectious vigor, tender phrasing, virtuosic technique, and arresting power. …Overall the presentation is clean and engaging. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2019

Mentors from the Yale School of Music, in the United States, come together for two of Beethoven’s major works for wind ensembles composed during his early years.

In length the Octet, from 1792, and Sextet, four years later, were comparable with symphonies of that time, their four movement format coming with a lightweight Minuet as the third to counter-balance the rather serious content of the outer movements. Maybe they do lack something in memorable thematic material, the result being commendable rather than inspired scores. Yet he did showcase the technical skill of each member, which was probably incumbent on him as they would have been intended for the musicians in the service of the Elector in Bonn, who was also funding a talented young pianist called Ludwig van Beethoven. It was also a period when instruments were improving, and he was anxious to show the new potential of wind groups in particular. The present disc is eminently recommendable, the balance between performers unfailingly gauged, and one presumes, from the order of listing with the disc, that we are hearing the clarinet of David Shifrin enjoying the virtuoso passages in the opening movement of the Sextet. The disc is completed by a short March for wind sextet, and a somewhat workaday Rondino. The admirable recording was made at Yale in 2017. © 2019 David’s Review Corner





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