28 October 2016

Aurale Delikatessen reviews MEPHISTO for Pizzicato

The Danish wind quintet ‘Carion’ presents a whole program of transcriptions specifically made for the ensemble. While the reviewer initially had some doubts about the usefulness of such a project, those doubts were quickly blown away upon hearing the wonderful arrangements made by David Palmquist, always enriching the originals and making optimal use of the available instruments. This creates a colourful sound image, which is also still quite funny, despite the gloomy and omnipresent Mephisto-idea, that can sound wonderfully sarcastic. That way all the pieces become, not least because of the outstanding and lively playing of the ensembles, an aural delight.
A special compliment goes to the sound engineer Torsten Jessen, whose pristine and naturally balanced way of capturing sound is phenomenal.
With most refined arrangements, fresh and vivid performances and a marvellous recorded sound, this CD is a sheer aural delight.
01 – Beethoven – 8 Variations in C major on a theme by Count Waldstein Wo0 67 // Boundless
  1. 01 – Beethoven – 8 Variations in C major on a theme by Count Waldstein Wo0 67 // Boundless
  2. 02 – Beethoven – Sonata for Piano Four Hands in D major Op 6 – I. Allegro molto // Boundless
  3. 03 – Beethoven – Sonata for Piano Four Hands in D major Op 6 – II. Rondo moderato // Boundless
  4. 04 – Beethoven – Quintet for Piano and Winds Op 16 – I. Grave – Allegro ma non troppo // Boundless
  5. 05 – Beethoven – Quintet for Piano and Winds Op 16 – II. Andante cantabile // Boundless
  6. 06 – Beethoven – Quintet for Piano and Winds Op 16 – III. Rondo Allegro ma non troppo // Boundless
  7. 07 – Beethoven – Six Variations in D major on ‘Ich denke dein’ for Piano Four Hands Wo0 74 // Boundless
  8. 08 – Beethoven – Marcia I in C major Op 45 – Allegro ma non troppo // Boundless
  9. 09 – Beethoven – Marcia II in E flat major Op 45 – Vivace // Boundless
  10. 10 – Beethoven – Marcia III in D major Op 45 – Vivace // Boundless
  11. 11 – Beethoven – Grosse Fuge in B-flat major Op 134 // Boundless