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Mozart/ Beethoven: Quintets for Piano & Winds

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Ludwig van Beethoven , Murray Perahia , Members of English Chamber Orchestra , Anthony Halstead , Graham Sheen , Thea King , Neil Black Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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MP3 Music, 6 Songs, 1986 $9.99  
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listen  1. Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452: I. Largo; Allegro moderatoMurray Perahia;Members of the English Chamber Orchestra10:37Album Only
listen  2. Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452: II. LarghettoMurray Perahia;Members of the English Chamber Orchestra 8:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452: III. Rondo: AllegrettoMurray Perahia;Members of the English Chamber Orchestra 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-Flat Major, Op. 16: I. GraveMurray Perahia;Members of the English Chamber Orchestra13:47Album Only
listen  5. Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-Flat Major, Op. 16: II. Andante cantabileMurray Perahia;Members of the English Chamber Orchestra 7:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-Flat Major, Op. 16: III. Rondo - Allegro ma non troppoMurray Perahia 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Murray Perahia, Members of English Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Halstead, Graham Sheen, Thea King, et al.
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0000026ED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling, Spirit and Virtuosity August 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
My heading says it all for this music and the performances. Mozart had a real knack for making wind instruments sound absolutely gorgeous. Besides the obvious works like the Sinfonia Concertante, K.299 and the all the wind concerti, great wind parts abound in the symphonies and especially the later piano concerti (No. 24, in particular). However, the Mozart wind and piano quintet is probably the greatest work ever for that unusual combination. Beethoven's is also magnificent, if not on the same exalted plane. The performances here are just wonderful. If you want to save a couple of bucks, the Naxos version is also superb.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mozart and Beethoven Piano and Wind Quintets November 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was enchanted with Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452, when I heard it on a CD featuring Dennis Brain performing the Mozart horn concertos. I wanted to explore this work further and hear it together with Beethoven's Quintet opus 16. I was eager to compare at first-hand two similar compositions, one by Mozart at the height of his powers the other by Beethoven as a rising young musician in Vienna. This CD with pianist Murray Perahia and members of the English Chamber Orchestra is an admirable way to get to know these works and to develop one's ear for music.

Mozart's composed his quintet in March, 1784 when he was also writing his famous series of piano concertos. He described it as "the best work I have ever composed". The work is scored for the unusual combination of piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon. The combination of piano and winds had special appeal for Mozart, as witnessed by the interplay between piano soloist and wind band in many of the piano concertos.

This three-movement quintet is highlighted by an exquisite interaction among the five instruments with none predominating over the other. It is a delight to hear every instrument play alone, in duets and trios with others, and in ensemble passages. Mozart uses the full tonal colors of each instrument and he displays them in almost every imaginable combination with each other.

The first movement opens with a majestic largo which flows into a lyrical allegro moderato with two primary themes. There are alternating chordal and scalar passages, passages for piano and the wind quartet, and passages where each instrument takes its turn. The slow movement, marked larghetto, is tranquil in character with an opening theme which dips into sadness.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two excellent piano and wind quintets October 13, 2005
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This is a fine performance of two similar pieces. Both are in E-flat major. Both are for the same five instruments: piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon. They were written twelve years apart. One is by Mozart, from 1784. And yes, after he finished it, he wrote to his father that he felt it was the best work he had ever composed. Of course, that was before he wrote his last four symphonies and nearly half his piano concertos.

Murray Perahia (piano), Neil Black (oboe), Thea King (clarinet), Anthony Halstead (horn), and Graham Sheen (bassoon) are superb in these performances.

I was introduced to these works when four of my friends, a pianist, an oboist, and horn player, and a bassoonist were looking for a couple of pieces to play. I grabbed my clarinet and found the music. I like both of them. I especially like the closing coda and unusual cadenza in the Mozart piece, but there are fine themes throughout it.

Beethoven was still a young composer when he wrote his quintet in 1796. It was before he wrote most of the works that made him so famous: by then he had written about ten sonatas (including the Pathetique) and a couple of piano concertos. But it is a fine piece as well, and once again, I especially like the finale.

This CD is not all that long (less than 53 minutes), but the price is reasonable and the music is great. I recommend it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overrated February 19, 2006
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I had this recording for years but could never warm to it. Perahia and his companions play a fine, poetic version of a work that Mozart said was the best thing he had written to date, but are let down by an overly spacious sound picture. The winds sound like distant bystanders, and a good rather than great performance is not enough to overcome this. Perhaps Perahia's reputation has elevated the status of this recording beyond its true merit. A decent version, but not one that can eclipse the very best rivals. Try the classic version with Gieseking on Testament if you want to hear a performance that can render you unmindful of lackluster sound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A carefully considered approach to these two works December 8, 2012
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This disc,originally published in 1986 and re-released here at a lower price, is a well-recorded coupling of two popular works from major composers. The Mozart quintet was thought by Mozart to be one of his best works at the time and represents the composer at a mature stage. The Beethoven is also a fine composition and written while still a young man at the earlier stage in his career. Despite this disparity in terms of relative maturity, both works are skilfully written and enjoyable to hear.

In this case the players drawn from the English Chamber orchestra plus Murray Perahia on piano, are all well-respected and expert players in their own right. Perahia is renowned for his fine set of the Mozart piano concertos with the same orchestra so a real working partnership is revisited here and this mutual ease is apparent in these two performances.

There is some difference of opinion as regards the merits of the two performances with some finding the performances, although well-played technically, to be a little bland emotionally or interpretively. My suspicion is that this partly stems from the mutual ease of performance resulting from the regularity of making music together as described above. In my opinion these performances still deliver a very satisfying level of musical pleasure even in the light of many years of repeated listening. It is true that the sheer vibrancy of say, the coupling of Kremer and Argerich in the Beethoven violin sonatas is missing, but so is any suggestion of shallowness resulting from immature performers who have yet to delve below the surface of the written notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good performances by master musicians
The performances on this CD are wonderful. This was a good study CD.
Published 25 days ago by L. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with this CD
As I was learning the piano part of these quintets and didn't have a recording, I selected this CD because I am a huge fan of Murray Perahia's playing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was intrigued by the unusual combination of instruments, and this excellent rendition of the Mozart and Beethoven piano and wind quintets is masterfully performed by Murray... Read more
Published 16 months ago by SammiC
5.0 out of 5 stars top shelf stuff
truly beautiful music making.perahia,it seems never lays an egg in recording.i have about 15 of his cd"s and everyone is a in the bank.highly recommended.
Published on April 4, 2012 by James J. Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart/ Beethoven: Quintets for Piano & Winds review
This music is very soothing to listen too. I have listened to the CD many times. If you like classical music, I recommend this CD.
Published on September 30, 2011 by BikerAndy
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor ensemble,poor recording...
There is very little to speak about this performance except that perahia is a well known artist.the recording is poor and the volume level has to be cranked way up to listen... Read more
Published on March 8, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Chamber Music in Same Key, Same Ensembe
Unusual group consisting of piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon play two pieces, each in E-flat major and each with three movements. Read more
Published on April 17, 2001 by rodboomboom
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