Mozart, Rossini: Arrangements For Wind Instruments / Netherlands Wind Ensemble
What is there to say? The playing, as usual from this group, is terrific, and of course the tunes are great. The only issue is whether or not wind arrangements of famous melodies from these two operas appeals to you in the first place. They were created, obviously, as background music, the sort of thing you might hear at an aristocratic soirée, or in a kiosk stuck in the middle of a park—music for a more gracious age. The remastered sound is fine, but I never listen to quad-turned-into-multichannel productions in surround sound. Experience has taught me that they come across far more naturally in regular stereo. You can’t go wrong here if the repertoire appeals to you.
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Catalog Number: PTC5186190
Composer: Gioachino Rossini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Netherlands Wind Ensemble