Prolific and popular German composer Franz Krommer (1759–1831) was famed for his wind concertos and was esteemed as a rival of Haydn and Beethoven for his string quartet writing. This is the Amphion Octet's second disc of his wind music, and it is as delightful as the first.
"As winners of the prestigious Van Wassenaeir Concours in 1998, one might expect a performance of a high standard…. The sound of the ensemble is full and pleasing, and their enjoyment of the music is clearly evident. The ensemble sets a brisk and lively pace for many of the outer movements, which they manage to maintain successfully, no mean feat in an ensemble of this kind. They also skilfully negotiate many small stylistic twists and turns in tempo without losing or disrupting the overall impetus…. The menuettos are all given a very pleasing dance-like swing."—Eigthteenth Century Music