Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Chamber Music and Orchestras

Biography

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Berlin) was founded in 1988, during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra’s rich tradition of chamber music.

The members are living musical witnesses to the hugely productive and influential musical partnerships of the Berlin Philharmonic not only with Karajan, but also with its two most recent Musical Directors: Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. Naturally, as members of the Berlin Philharmonic, they have also enjoyed important collaborations with every other major conductor of their times, whether Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber, Sir John Barbirolli, Günter Wand, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Pièrre Boulez, James Levine or Daniel Barenboim, to name only a few.

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet continues to astonish audiences worldwide with their range of expression, their tonal spectrum and their conceptual unity. Indeed many listeners and critics agree that the ensemble has succeeded in virtually redefining the sound of the classic wind quintet. Their repertoire covers not only the entire spectrum of the wind quintet literature but also includes works for enlarged ensemble, i.e. the Sextets of Janáček and Reinecke or the Septets of Hindemith and Koechlin. In addition, collaboration with pianists such as Stephen Hough, Jon Nakamatsu, Lars Vogt, Lilya Zilberstein und Ewa Kupiec have intensified in recent years.

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Reviews

“Arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world … exemplary music-making … impeccable precision … extraordinary unity … uncanny one-ness.”

Manchester Evening News

“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.”

Washington Post

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“Unvergleichlich die einheitliche Phrasierung und intonatorische Sicherheit, die Betreuung aller Details … die Abgestimmtheit, Plastizität und Dichte des Quintetts. Die Berliner spielen Hindemiths Kleine Kammermusik als sei sie eben erst für sie geschrieben. Im Raum breitete sich abschirmend der Zauber des Volkommens aus.”

Südkurier

“…Mozarts ernste, von Fugenpassagen durchzogene Fantasie f-moll gab dem Quintett beständig Gelegenheit, dem Werk durch homogene Klanggebung, schöne Atembögen und stilistisch ausgereifte Interpretation ein hohes Maß an würdevoller Noblesse zu verleihen. Quirlig und locker wie eine charmante Plauderei erschien Hindemiths Kleine Kammermusik, die man vermutlich nur von Philharmonikern derzeit in dieser amüsanten Leichtigkeit und bravürosen Virtuosität hören kann. Herrlich die musikalische Karikatur…”

Berliner Morgenpost

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