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'Berlin Counterpoint'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Berlin Counterpoint'

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'Berlin Counterpoint'

Barber Summer Music, Op 31

Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op 16

Connesson Techno Parade

Poulenc Sextet, Op 100

R Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige

Streiche, Op 28

Berlin Counterpoint

Genuin [F] GEN14317 (75' * DDD)

This is a most attractive collection of performances from this excellent chamber group. It opens with Poulenc's many-faceted Sextet for piano and winds, catching its high spirits as well as its wit, and the gentle melancholy which intervenes at the close of the boisterous finale. The stylish pianist, Zeynep Ozsuca, nicely balanced, makes an excellent contribution to the central Andantino. She also contributes to the light-hearted Beethoven piano-and-wind Quintet, leading the way delightfully in the first-movement Allegro and playing with wonderful delicacy in the Andante cantabile. The finale romps away engagingly.

Guillaume Connesson has emerged as one of the most innovative of modern composers for wind instruments. Techno Parade is a brief one-movement work, full of innovative effects such as a fluttering flute against a similarly restless piano, with the three instruments creating nothing short of a musical frenzy. …

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