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Two super groups - the strings led by violinist Markus Däunert (leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra), and the winds led by oboeist Nicholas Daniel (whose distinguished career began with him being named BBC Young Musician of the Year) - combine in this, their second recording for Linn. A counterpart to the Aldeburgh Strings course, whose recording of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings launched this partnership in 2016, Aldeburgh Winds offered an opportunity for exceptional wind and brass players to work intensively alongside leading international professionals. Strauss poured out some of his most heartfelt inspiration in Metamorphosen, a 25-minute string masterpiece written as an elegy in the wake of Germany’s destruction in the second world war. In complete contrast the Serenade radiates Mozartian bonhomie combined with Strauss’s exquisite chamber scoring which provides a tantalising glimpse of the composer to come. The Symphony for Wind Instruments (‘Fröhliche Werkstatt’) adds a third clarinet, basset horn and bass clarinet to the Serenade’s line-up and is very important work in the wind ensemble repertory.

"…the soloists are one and all excellent, as are the exceptionally good Aldeburgh Strings."
Pizzicato
"Daniel…seemed to be vicariously living every second of every orchestral part…the sensitivity of his chamber-musical relationship with his woodwind colleagues was both touching and illuminating."
The Times
"[An] outstanding chamber orchestra…full of the energy of artistic rivalry and new discovery."
Fanfare
"An interesting and coherent coupling, excellent performances, good sound!"
Pizzicato
"Enjoyment of the highest quality."
Klassiker Welt
"Their sound is lithe and rich...It’s a sophisticated performance."
The Guardian
"Daniel's feeling for Strauss's longrange ebb and flow is one of the great attractions of this disc..."
Gramophone
"...a fine performance of the much later Symphony for wind instruments...It’s a fine recording."
BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
"The playing of Daniels’ wind ensemble is beyond reproach..."
MusicWeb International, 1 August 2017
"4* - The Serenade is beguilingly expressive...the music-making is exemplary."
Classical Source, 1 August 2017
"...glorious...the superior sound of these recordings enhances our pleasure in hearing the performances."
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, 25 July 2017
"4* - The young musicians of Aldeburgh Strings and Aldeburgh Winds capture the former’s melancholy and the buoyant joy of the latter with equal skill."
Financial Times, 21 July 2017
"4* - Linn's sound from Snape Maltings is excellent, allowing the dense Metamorphosen room to breathe..."
All Music, 21 July 2017
"Their shaping of Strauss' Serenade in E flat is glowing in nuance, paving the way for a scintillating representation of the Symphony for Wind Instruments."
The Scotsman, 8 July 2017
"The real triumph here is Strauss’s beguiling Symphony for Wind Instruments..."
CD Choice, 6 July 2017