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Wiener Klassik: The Unusual Instrumentation

Die Freitagsakademie

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Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 16  
I. Grave - Allegro, ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Die Freitagsakademie
II. Andante cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Die Freitagsakademie
III. Rondo. Allegro, ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Die Freitagsakademie
Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, K. 452  
I. Largo - Allegro moderato
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Die Freitagsakademie
II. Larghetto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Die Freitagsakademie
III. Allegretto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Die Freitagsakademie
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    48:19
“... (performances) full of character and incident ... offers musical riches to rival the very best and should delight even those listeners who normally shy away from period instruments."
- Gramophone

Swiss period music ensemble Die Freitagsakademie recreates late 18th century quintets by Mozart and Beethoven written for the then-unusual combination of piano and wind instruments. The five musicians in the group, each with an individual character, blend together and reciprocally influence each other resulting in a single flowing sound body. The unusual instrumentation was recorded in an exceptional way using just one special microphone to capture the beauty of this unique sonic experience.
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