By Ted McIrvine February 12, 2017
Classical Voice of North Carolina
“Spectral breadth yet unity.” If I were to sum up this concert and this ensemble in four words, these would be the words. Hearing the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in live concert for the first time on Sunday caused me to recalibrate my idea of the sound of a wind quintet. This brilliant group performed in the Diana Wortham Theatre as a part of the ongoing Asheville Chamber Music Series.
The ethereal flute, the nasal oboe, the bright clarinet, the jocular bassoon and the rich underpinning of the French horn – in most wind quintet ensembles, these five instruments toss themes back and forth in a pleasing coordination, but you always sense the tonal differences, you know that there are five players there. The Berlin Quintet makes you believe you are hearing one giant coordinated instrument capable of modifying its timbre across this broad range of tonal color, but directed by…
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