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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The New World Basset Horn Trio—a German, a Netherlander and an American—are a newish group who play on replicas of original instruments. The basset horn is not the most exciting instrument in the world, possibly; Bernard Shaw wrote, not inaptly, of its "watery melancholy". But these players are excellent musicians, and with accomplished, perfectly tuned ensemble playing, scrupulous attention to the dynamics and phrasing in the text and attentive details of timing overcome the potential monotony of the medium and hold the interest in music that is not in itself consistently arresting. The two divertimentos from Mozart's K439b set are each made up of five miniature movements, including two minuets— small but masterly pieces. They
can and probably should, ideally, sound just a shade more spirited than this, more as if the players were out to enjoy themselves (for that is certainly what the pieces were primarily intended for); but the refinements in the playing, which show a nice understanding of the harmony and the structure, amply compensate. The little slow movements are duly expressive, the minuets are taken pretty speedily (as they should be), often with slightly slower trios, and the rondos are amply cheerful.
-- Stanley Sadie, Gramophone [4/1990]
reviewing the original release of this album, HM 907017
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