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Very disappointing owing to the recording balance.
on 2 December 2001
It took my 5 months to get a copy of this CD even though Hyperion had told me it is their second biggest seller. I played the Quintet first and it wasn't worth the wait.
Dame Thea's playing is lovely and for all I know the Gabrieli's playing is too - but here is the problem and the reason for only two stars. For whole of the piece the string players, with the exception (for the most part) of the 'cellist, sound as though they are either in the next room or at the end of a longish tunnel (maybe they got locked in the lavatory?).
Perhaps I am wrong to assume that a Clarinet Quintet is a musical partnership with the clarinettist as 'first among equals'? Or did Mozart subtitle his wonderful piece 'For Clarinet with String Quartet lurking for the most part in the middle distance'? I which case the Recording Engineers have done him proud.
My apparent flippancy reflects my severe disappointment that such a marvellous piece of music, seemingly beautifully played, should be so shabbily handled by the recording staff at Hyperion.
My sincere recommendation to any potential buyers is to look elsewhere, as I wish I had done and so saved my money.