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It was some years ago that I bought this CD. I've waited all this time (since 2007) to be sure before commenting on it. Listening to it a fourth and final time now, in 2011, I'm quite sure that there is something profoundly 'off' about this recording. It might be partially a technical problem (there is a subtle but maddening kind of filtering effect, as if everything is heard through a screen of cotton batting) but mainly I think it is the performance itself that is just bloodless, as if by intelligent and well-meaning androids. How can this happen to such well-known and beloved pieces as the Mozart and Beethoven Piano-Wind Quintets?? And in Berlin of all places?! It's an astonishing kind of obscenity, quite beyond any rational explanation.