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Luke Pfeil
American Record Guide, July 2017

…the Dresden players capture this wry, sarcastic, sometimes grotesque writing with style and verve. The entire program is marked by freshness, impressive technical prowess, and perfect balance between keyboard and winds. Don’t miss out on this one. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, May 2017

Here is a program of German and, inevitably, French works for piano and wind quintet. Ludwig Thuille’s 1887 Sextet is utterly captivating music; like the music of Brahms, it is Classical in form and procedure but distinctly Romantic in expression, but it is considerably lighter in tone than Brahms’s works. Munich-based Margarita Höhenrieder and the principal winds of Dresden’s orchestra play it attractively and accurately… © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, April 2017

There are excellent contributions from all concerned, with the soloists vividly captured in the sympathetic acoustic of Klosterbibliothek Polling. This release constitutes a valuable addition to any chamber music collection. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, January 2017

This particular disc of beautifully-played woodwind sextets features works by one Tyrolean (Ludwig Thuille) and two 20th-century Frenchmen. Their playing style, though in the modern mold—crisp and clean, with little room for rubato or other niceties of expression—happens to fit the music very well, the one exception being the Thuille sextet. This is because, to be charitable about it, the music is pretty mediocre. …What does make it work is the crisp, clean style of the performers. By not lingering too much or pulling the tempo around like taffy, they present the best-case scenario for its acceptance.

As for pianist Hohenrieder, she plays extremely well in context. Chamber playing of this style is a completely different art from solo or even duo-sonata style; the artist must completely subjugate him or herself into the ensemble, and this is particularly true of 20th-century French works like those of Poulenc and Françaix, whose music screams for clean lines and an unfussy delivery. © 2017 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, January 2017

The memorable playing of Höhenrieder and Kammerharmonie der Staatskapelle Dresden is beyond reproach. Höhenrieder adopts an approach with an engaging freshness and warmth that feels spontaneous. This is playing of distinction from Staatskapelle winds, demonstrating artistry, impeccable technical prowess and unity, and producing stunning intonation.

There is no reason for chamber music lovers to hesitate with this mightily impressive album. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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