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Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, String Quartet no 2 / Leipzig

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51/2
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...Leister's tone colour is exquisite, tuning is so right one ceases to notice it, phrasing has all the undulations and points of interest of the finest countryside. And he listens to the enthusiastic response of the talented musicians around him and blends in with their musical decisions...This is the finest Brahms playing one could hope to hear; it perfectly captures the mix of autumnal regret and passion [of this work]..." ***** Trezise, Classic CD

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
One of the most attractive qualities of this version of a well-loved quintet is the skill with which the artists, abetted by the record producer, have integrated the clarinet into the string textures. Having listened more creatively than any other composer to Mozart's example, Brahms allows the clarinet to become part of the tone colour in the string ensemble; and he has also followed the implications, as not all his interpreters seem to understand.

Here, the little falling third theme, one of his lifelong obsessions, moves in and out of the musical texture with wonderful subtlety, so that the return of the opening figure at the very end needs no special emphasis but is a natural conclusion.

Leister is an artist of long skill and experience, and also of great musical intelligence; the qualities tell. They also mean that there's no need to confer upon the performance anything approaching the sentimentality which can afflict it, in the name of 'nostalgia' as the old composer looks affectionately back on his life's work. This is quite a robust performance, clearly appreciated by the enthusiastic young string quartet, who give a suitably matching account of the Op 51 work. There are, of course, any number of performances of the quintet, but this is unique.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
  • Performers: Ivo Bauer (Viola); Tilman Büning (Violin); Karl Leister (Clarinet); Matthias Moosdorf (Cello); Andreas Seidel (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Leipziger Streichquartett
  • Notes: Fürtliche Reitbahn Arolsen (01/24/1996-01/26/1996)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51/2
  • Performers: Ivo Bauer (Viola); Tilman Büning (Violin); Karl Leister (Clarinet); Matthias Moosdorf (Cello); Andreas Seidel (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Leipziger Streichquartett
  • Notes: Fürtliche Reitbahn Arolsen (01/24/1996-01/26/1996)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1865