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Beethoven & Strauss brilliantly captured by OSM Chamber Soloists / Audiophile Audition

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Beethoven composed his Septet in 1799, much as a "preparation" for his First Symphony. An immediate success, the piece utilizes the Tempo di minuetto third movement for his Op. 49, No. 2 Piano Sonata in G Major (1795). All the movements of Op. 20 are in major keys, making the work as a whole energetically upbeat. In six movements, the Septet resembles the divertimentos and cassations popular in Vienna at the time. 

The level of ensemble-brilliantly captured in sound by Carl Talbot and Christopher Johns-proves infectious, with the timbre of the French, horn, viola, clarinet, bassoon, and double bass resonant throughout every bar of music. With all apologies to Beethoven for having highly recommended his Septet, this piece time again testifies to a natural colorist for the divertimento group.  The Strauss adds a spry treat.

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