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Poor ensemble,poor recording...
on March 8, 2002
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 comfortably!The ensemble is poor and despite playing these works at a slower pace they do not gel!
For a knockout performance of these beautiful works i recommend the Melodya recording of these works by Eliso Virsaladze(piano),anatoli Lubimov(oboe),Vladimir Sokolov(clarinet),anatoli Demin(French horn)and Sergei Krasavin(basoon).Recorded in 1975 this is a superb performance where the entire ensemble are in peak form and take these two works with a gay abandon .There is Dramatic and sensitive piano playing(not matched by Perahia!),a piercing oboe,a gliding clarinet,a sombre horn and a bassy basoon.I have only a compact Cassette of this recording and it is better than this DDD compact Disk!Just goes to show that technology and fame are not enough to match Quality Music Making!