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Music review: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet reigns at Jordan Hall

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet sounds a world of different textures and colors.
The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet sounds a world of different textures and colors.PETER ADAMIK

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It’s hard not to drool over the idea of a Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Michael Hasel (flute), Andreas Wittmann (oboe), Walter Seyfarth (clarinet), Marion Reinhard (bassoon), and Fergus McWilliam (horn) are members of arguably the world’s best orchestra, one that bears the stamp of Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, and now Simon Rattle. Unlike, say, a string quintet, their five instruments offer a world of different textures and colors. It’s too bad that the repertoire doesn’t boast more works by such woodwind masters as Beethoven, Berlioz, Dvorák, Mahler, and Sibelius. But in their second Celebrity Series appearance Friday at Jordan Hall (the first was in 2010), the Berliners did very nicely with Mozart, Haas, Ibert, Milhaud, and Françaix.

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