Mozart and Beethoven Quintets for Piano and Wind
This disc is the first and only chamber music recording by Vlado Perlemuter on Nimbus. His recorded legacy is now legendary in status and this rare and valuable addition to the catalogue shows him at the height of his powers. An impeccable sense of classical style informs his sparkling playing which is well partnered by the brilliant young Albion Ensemble. These are the two classic works for piano with wind instruments — Beethoven's Quintet was closely modelled on Mozart's masterpiece and they make an ideal and natural coupling.
Perlemuter joined with members of The Albion Ensemble for this unusual offering. It was the only chamber recording he made with Nimbus. The ensemble was George Caird (oboe), Andrew Marriner (clarinet), Jeremy Ward (bassoon) and Robin Martin (horn). The playing here is relaxed, genial. Phrasing in the Beethoven is unostentatious, and the heart of the Quintet, its slow movement, is especially appealing in its measured generosity. The ensemble is fine in the finale. In the Mozart we have more evidence of a solid ensemble alliance and of leisurely refinement once again. One can certainly enjoy the technical accomplishment and the slightly self-effacing quality of the music-making.
Jonathan Woolf, musicweb-international.com