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
String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 67
iii. Agitato (Allegretto non troppo)
iv. Poco allegretto con variazioni
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115
ii. Adagio - Più lento
iii. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
iv. Con moto
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