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Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, Clarinet Trio / King, Gabrieli

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
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Notes & Reviews:

'A radiantly beautiful performance, as fine as any put on record' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Most tender, elegiac performances' (BBC Record Review)

'Ravishing sound' (The Monthly Guide)

'A generous coupling. First class' (The Artful Reporter)

'This performance is something special' (Classic CD)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These players' tempo in the Clarinet Quintet is more leisurely than most of their rivals. In the faster flanking movements of the trio, a stronger forward drive mightn't have come amiss. On the other hand, they allow themselves time to savour every bar to the full. Strinking in both these performances is their underlying warmth of heart. You'll respond easily to their quality of good-natured, unforced civility. The ensemble is excellent, with the clarinet very much one of the team, never assuming the role of soloist in a quasi-chamber concerto.

Thea King's phrasing is unfailingly perceptive and stylish, and her undemonstrative, wise artistry in both works is most appealing. In the Trio, the sumptuous-sounding cello is impressive, which at times makes you feel that Brahms could just as well have called the work a cello trio. This is a disc which will bear frequent repetition. Playing such as this, committed and serious, yet at the same time relaxed and spontaneous, isn't easy to contrive in the recording studio, and Hyperion has done well to capture these interpretations on the wing. The sound is very good indeed, mellow and natural.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
  • Performer: Thea King (Clarinet)
  • Notes: St. Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, England (01/24/1983/01/25/1983)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
  • Performers: Karine Georgian (Cello); Clifford Benson (Piano); Thea King (Clarinet)
  • Notes: St. Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, England (01/24/1983/01/25/1983)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1891