Experimental, virtuosic, passionate, the wind quintet embodied the new
aesthetic of the Early Romantic. By 1815 performances of Anton Reicha's newest quintets were established in Napoleonic Paris as unmissable social events.
From Reicha's refined classicism to the exuberant arrangements of Martin Joseph
Mengal, Balthazar's repertoire offers an involving and refreshing insight into
the world of Romantic chamber music. The warm colours and harmonies of the
music are complemented by the qualities of our instruments, which are replicas
of early nineteenth century originals.