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Boxwood & Brass was founded in 2013 by six close colleagues and friends, all players of period wind or brass instruments, with the aim of performing and promoting wind and brass chamber music from the Classical and early Romantic periods.

One bassoon has put its feet up for this new album, leaving the five remaining members (two each of clarinet and natural horn, as well as a single bassoon) to front this ‘Franz Tausch in Context’ recording: he was one of the leading figures in the early development of the clarinet, and later in life taught many of the best-known Romantic wind and brass players; he may have been one of the players heard in action by Mozart père et fils in 1777, when on a visit to the Mannheim court, Wolfgang professed to be captivated by the instrument.

The two suites that make up Tausch’s 13 pieces for wind quartet – his opus 1 – bookend the disc; in the middle appear clarinet works by Johann Stamitz and by a younger contemporary of Tausch, Bernhard Crusell.

Boxwood & Brass’s sound is nothing short of revelatory – the variety of textural combinations on display is impressive, and the horns in particular of Anneke Scott and Kate Goldsmith positively purr. A delightful highlight is the Adagio from Heinrich Baermann’s Quintet, which is heard on this disc in an arrangement for clarinet and strings by Robert Percival, one of Boxwood & Brass’s bassoonists.

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