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Paul Turok
Turok’s Choice, June 2009

WDR broadcasts from Cologne offer wonderful performances by Cappella Coloniensis, of clarinet concertos by Carl and Johann Stamitz (Phoenix177) Cherubini’s Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn, beautifully sung by Marilyn Schmiege, Martyn Hill and Paolo Barbacini and Symphony in D Major (Phoenix175), symphonies by Gossec, Vanhal, Mahaut and Kraus (Phoenix174), flute concertos by Frederick the Great, Telemann and Fasch (Phoenix172), overtures by Heinchen, Graupner (with prominent use of a pair of clarinets), Fasch and Graun (noticeably old fashioned) (Phoenix173), and a Haydn disc featuring several cantatas, well sung by Schmiege, the Fourth Violin Concerto, well played by Ingrid Siefert and the Symphony No.92 (Phoenix176). All these discs are worthwhile, but the symphonies, Haydn and Cherubini discs are essential.

John W Barker
American Record Guide, May 2009

The soloists are all quite fluent, and the conductors support them ably…The pieces by Frederick and Fasch might be a little hard to find in other recordings just now…an enjoyable program of generally undemanding music, this makes for a pleasant 50 minutes.

Giv Cornfield
The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics, February 2009

This brace of delightful rococo wind concertos features soloists on traverse flute and recorder, conducted by Hans-Martin Linde, himself a renowned virtuoso. None of these works appear to be new to records, but that does not detract from the freshness of the performances and the attractiveness of the music itself.

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