Dresden Staatskapelle Kammerharmonie Bläsersolisten / Margarita Hohenrieder

Mozart, Beethoven: Quintette für Bläser und Klavier

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On this 2015 Hänssler Classic release, the quintets for winds and piano of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven are presented in buoyant performances by the wind soloists of the Staatskapelle Dresden and pianist Margarita Höhenrieder. The similarities between the works should be noted, particularly the shared key of E flat major, the instrumentation of oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and piano, the three-movement form, and the concertante style of the piano part, all of which show that Beethoven looked to Mozart's work as a model. Yet Beethoven clearly used the earlier work as a jumping off point, and while his quintet could be viewed as a tribute to Mozart, its character is distinctly bolder and more dynamic than the elegant K. 452. Programmed between these works is oboist Bernd Schober's arrangement of the famous Andante from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, also known as the theme from the film Elvira Madigan, scored for the same instruments with an additional flute part. Hänssler's recording is clean and focused, and the vibrant sonorities of the winds are well-balanced with the piano's sparkling tone.

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