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Brahms: The Hungarian Connection - Clarinet Quintet; Waltzes (2); Hungarian Dances et al. / Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
>Brahms, Johannes : Work(s)
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances
>Weiner, Leó : Két Tétel
>Koncz, Stephan [Cello] : Dances from Transylvania
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Fanfare Magazine
Ottensamer plays a Viennese clarinet, with a wider bore than most models, which has a distinctive dark but luminous timbre that melds quite magically with viola and cello, and the rapport between clarinet and strings throughout is supremely warm and natural.

The Guardian, 2nd April 2015
The folk music brings things to a spirited close, though the disc works better if you programme it to play first: the performance of the Quintet is among the most beautiful I know, and almost impossible to follow.

Andreas Ottensamer, the "brilliant young Austrian clarinetist" (Classic FM), explores the connections Brahms had to Hungarian folk music traditions. Joined by such musicians as Leonidas Kavakos on violin, the recording features Brahms' Clarinet Quintet alongside a selection of Hungarian Dances and other folk-inspired works.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
The performance of the Quintet is a fine one, with lovely clarinet tone, excellent overall sound and a deep understanding of the work's varied character... a fascinating issue, with playing of mastery and versatility.

Sunday Times, 31st May 2015
The Berlin Philharmonic's photogenic young principal shows his mature artistry in a raptly played quintet, and his virtuosity in a selection of echt Hungarian music arranged by the cellist Stephan Concz, with parts for cimbalom and accordion. Zestful, exhilarating stuff.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The concert is highly professional and moving, full of heartfelt utterances, riveting moments, and thrilling finishes. Ottensamer boasts a clear and intimate sound, expressive phrasing, fine legato, and breathtaking pianissimo colors; and his Brahms Quintet is an excellent addition to the recording library. In the second half of the program he dons his folk persona, giving sincere soliloquies, showing off his blazing fingers and articulation, and brightening the score with wild and timely glissandos and growls. The strings have amazing chemistry and superb technique; and they offer uncanny balance, blend, and artistic vision in solo lines and ensemble passages. Kavakos is captivating in the opening cadenza of the Hungarian Dance No. 1, driving it with athleticism and charm; and Stephan Koncz often stands out with his warm and gorgeous tone. Meanwhile, the Eastern European guests lend the closing works a tight rhythm section and wonderful ethnic flavor.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nikodemus-Kirche, Berlin-Neukölln (10/2014).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
  • Performers: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin); Christoph Koncz (Violin); Stephan Koncz (Cello); Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet); Antoine Tamesit (Viola)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891

>Brahms, Johannes : Work(s) :: Waltz Op. 39, no 15 - Waltz no 6 from Liebeslieder, Op. 52
  • Performers: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin); Christoph Koncz (Violin); Stephan Koncz (Cello); Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet); Ödön Rácz (Double Bass); Antoine Tamesit (Viola)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances :: no 7 in F major
  • Performers: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin); Christoph Koncz (Violin); Stephan Koncz (Cello); Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet); Ödön Rácz (Double Bass); Antoine Tamesit (Viola); Oszkár Ökrös (Cimbalom)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances :: no 1 in G minor (Isteni Csárdás)
  • Performers: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin); Christoph Koncz (Violin); Stephan Koncz (Cello); Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet); Ödön Rácz (Double Bass); Antoine Tamesit (Viola); Oszkár Ökrös (Cimbalom)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Weiner, Leó : Két Tétel
  • Performers: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin); Christoph Koncz (Violin); Stephan Koncz (Cello); Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet); Ödön Rácz (Double Bass); Antoine Tamesit (Viola); Oszkár Ökrös (Cimbalom)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Koncz, Stephan [Cello] : Dances from Transylvania
  • Performers: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin); Christoph Koncz (Violin); Stephan Koncz (Cello); Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet); Ödön Rácz (Double Bass); Antoine Tamesit (Viola); Predrag Tomic (Accordion); Oszkár Ökrös (Cimbalom)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary