“Breathtakingly perfect…an astonishing experience.”
— The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland)
“A beautifully turned performance...vividly evocative.”
— Washington Post
“Superlative music making….dazzlingly virtuosic”
—Sydney Morning Herald
“Authoritative and technically impeccable.”
“The ensemble shone in the light of their individual and collective virtuosity.”
—Anchorage Daily News
“Superb….Dazzling…Astonishing…in shifts of tempo and dynamics, I doubt a strand of hair could have been put between the sound of one player and another.”
“Superb…Pure-toned instrumental textures, smoothly blended ensemble and sterling musicianship…marvelous.”
"These are performances of integrity and technical accomplishment. This is real chamber music ... irresistible."
—BBC Music Magazine
"Extraordinary precision... a dazzling reading. This ensemble makes a rich, wonderfully blended sound, synchronizes perfectly in the most devilishly difficult of passages and generally plays like a great string quartet"
—American Record Guide
“The ensemble remains as virtuosic and skilled a unit as any on the chamber music circuit.”
—Los Angeles Times
“ It is rare to hear man perfectly integrated with music - when the two are so inextricably linked, so aware yet selfless, that distinctions between them are rendered meaningless. Such communion was achieved by the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. It was a concert not to be forgotten .”
“To hear the Berliners play with such precision, resilience and so much expressive detail was a musical treat.”
“Easily the very best wind quintet I have ever heard.”
—The Newsletter (Belfast)
" The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet are faultless . Recommended with enthusiasm."
“This group, drawing together five players from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, offers everything such a distinguished pedigree would lead you to expect in terms of technical polish, intonational purity and musical refinement. The performances had in delightful abundance that sense of easy give-and-take among friends which characterizes chamber music at the highest level.”
“Their New Town concert, a beautifully planned programme which began with the coolly formal and ended in sassy rioting, presented musicians of remarkable range —players accustomed to expanding lines so as to stretch the walls of awe-inspiring auditoriums, yet as chamber musicians able to share phrases of shivering intimacy.”
THE SCOTSMAN (Glasgow/Edinburgh - 18.11.97)
"Wonderfully detailed colourations, prismatically rich and transparent, as well as a near orchestral range of expression...the encores lacked nothing in spice, above all Luciano Berio's "Opus Number Zoo". Who could say in which role the players were more brilliant: as acting musicians or as musical actors? Cabaret standard, certainly."
"Incomparable the unity of phrasing, the security of intonation, the attention to detail...the unity of purpose, the plasticity and compactness. The Berliners play Hindemith's "Kleine Kammermusik" as if it were written just for them. The magic of perfection spread its mantel through the hall."
"Mozart's solemn, fugal Fantasy in F minor offered the Quintet constant opportunity - through homogeniety of sound, beautiful phrasing and stylistically mature interpretation -to lend the work considerable dignified noblesse. Hindemith's "Kleine Kammermusik" was a lively, relaxed, charming conversation performed with an amusing light-heartedness and virtuosic bravura that is today perhaps only attainable by such Berlin Philharmonic musicians."
"Those players, from the Berlin Philharmonic, have this relatively simple music so well in hand that they could afford to play with it a bit, with gratifying results at every turn. These little pieces could turn Mozart-lovers into lovers of Mozart-loving Danzi. Strongly recommended."