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Michael Fine's recording of the five quintets constitutes an excellent opportunity to know this composer / ResMusica

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If Michael Fine is a well-known American producer of classical music, few people today know his talents as a composer. This recording of the five quintets, for wind instruments and string quartet, constitutes an excellent opportunity to fill this gap…

All the works presented here are served by excellent soloists. Starting with the Bassoon Quintet (2017) with Fei Xie, in turn playful, a bit jazzy, lyrical and virtuoso. Elegy for… (2016) with Robert Walters on the English horn, suggests a lyrical lament more melancholy than genuinely painful. The Clarinet Quintet (2015) is based on the round and warm timbre of the virtuoso and twirling clarinet by Anton Riste, which gives its full measure in an Adagio that is both sweet and meditative, particularly enhanced by the counterparts of strings. serious. Superb instrumental symbiosis for the Adagio cantabile du Quintette for oboe(2015) with Xiaodi Liu, in a climate mixing melancholy and serenity, before a Moderato with accents of nursery rhyme. The Quintet for  flute  (2018) superbly interpreted by Alice K. Dade concludes this beautiful album with notes reminiscent of French music of the last century.

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