Wilder/Poulenc/Franaix

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0

COMPOSERS: Wilder/Poulenc/Franaix
LABELS: Boston Skyline
WORKS: Wind Quintets No. 3; Wind Quintet No. 4; Wind Quintet No. 6
PERFORMER: Frank Glazer (piano)New York Woodwind Quintet
CATALOGUE NO: BSD 141 AAD (1960-62)
These performances contain some excellent playing with only occasional technical imperfections. The popular Sextet by Poulenc is given a spirited rendition, but suffers from balance problems, with over-prominent woodwinds sometimes obscuring the superb horn playing. However, this does not spoil the overall effect and is not reproduced in the other works. The three pieces by Alec Wilder, though lacking the wit and invention of the French works, are pleasant enough and should interest enthusiasts of the medium. Tim Payne

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