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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic accounts, 15 May 2007
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This review is from: Gieseking and the Philharmonia Wind Quintet (Audio CD)
One hardly notices the fact that this recording is in rather boxy mono sound; the playing is of such transparency and delicacy to disarm criticism - and in any case, the ear soon adapts to the ambience which is by no means unpleasing.

I'm afraid that while I otherwise applaud and approve his review, I take great exception to David Bryson's description of K297b as "a minor work of spurious attribution to Mozart performed under the baton of Uncle Herbert". It is a sublime piece in a recording I have loved for thirty years; I was delighted when it appeared on this issue. It features the same wonderful artists as in the Mozart and Beethoven quintets, with an orchestra and conductor in top form - no need to be snide about Karajan, especially if one is not even familar with the music. Mr Bryson says that he is "of course unable to offer comment on the filler" and admits that even if he did know it he "would have had next to nothing to say about that in any event" - so why talk disparagingly of it?

Having got that off my chest, I urge any music lover to acquire these cheap, classic accounts of some of the most delightful music ever written.
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