Haydn/Mozart/Danzi Wind Quintets
The odd man out here is the Magic Flute duet, arranged (with advantages, Mozart may or may not have thought, had he ever heard it) from some of the hit tunes so as to cash in, and here turned from two flutes to flute and clarinet. The rest are quintets whose idiom lies close to folk and dance music. The eighteenth-century pieces are the Haydn (if it is him) Divertimento that includes the St Antoni chorale and one of Mozart’s chirpier divertimentos. Danzi is rather more serious, but still close to the vernacular: it is a reminder of what a good composer he was.
Ferenc Farkas and Jeno Takacs were both born in the earliest years of this century, and they make lively and (in every sense) unsentimental sequences of movements that keep close to folk music from Hungary and from Graz respectively. The performances reflect enjoyment in the whole exercise; the recording is bright and true. It is fun to listen to. This is also a record which could make cheerful background listening, which surely none of its composers would think wrong.'