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Brahms, Mozart: Clarinet Quintets / Stanley McCartney, clarinet; Orford Quartet

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Stanley McCartney's long career includes serving as principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Company. He was in high demand as a chamber music performer and, among many others, has appeared with Glenn Gould, Oscar Shumsky, Leonard Rose, Lynn Harell, Orford String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and the Aeolian String Quartet.

For more than 50 years the clarinetist Stanley McCartney (Born 1930) has delighted and moved audiences with his unique, luminous serene sonority, dazzling virtuosity and musical sensitivity. As the principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, McCartney played under conductors Karel Ancerl, Andrew Davis, Igor Stravinsky, Erich Leinsdorf, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Sanderling and Zubin Mehta. He was also a guest with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell who invited McCartney to perform in the Cleveland orchestra recording of Ravel's Daphnis and Chloé, and was the principal clarinet of the Canadian Opera from 1985 to 2010. He also performed frequently with renowned ensembles including the Orford, Aeolian, Purcell, Brunswick and St. Lawrence string quartets. Described by The New York Times as an "absolutely first-rate group", the legendary Orford String Quartet was a jewel in the history of Canadian classical music and is regarded as "one of Canada's national treasures", and one of the finest international string quartets of all time. Since its inception in 1965, the Orford String Quartet was noted for its probing interpretations. The Quartet regularly performed in the main concert series of the world's major musical capitals to consistent public and critical acclaim, touring annually in Western and Eastern Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America and Australia.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 07/14/1969; 1970.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
  • Performer: Stanley McCartney (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Orford Quartet
  • Running Time: 35 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
  • Performer: Stanley McCartney (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1789
  • Studio/Live: Live