BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 3 / Clarinet Quintet

New Zealand String Quartet

James Campbell, clarinet

 

Brahms wrote his String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 67 in 1876 and its largely unclouded and cheerful qualities culminate in a theme and variations finale of exceptional imagination and mastery of form. His last chamber music was inspired by a great exponent of the clarinet, Richard Mühlfeld, for whom he wrote four works including the Clarinet Quintet. This dazzling masterpiece is notable not only for its underlying elegiac mood but for its thematic interrelation and the wide expressive range of the solo instrument. The first two String Quartets can be heard in performances described by Classics Today as “…passionate expressions of these scores".

 

April 2017 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.573454

Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver

Engineer: Norbert Kraft

 

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Track Listing

String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 67

i.  Vivace

ii. Andante

iii. Agitato (Allegretto non troppo)

iv. Poco allegretto con variazioni

 

Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115

i. Allegro

ii. Adagio - Più lento

iii. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento

iv. Con moto

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