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"Karl Leister, for 34 years the distinguished Principal Clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic, has recorded all these Brahms clarinet works before, but it makes an ideal coupling having them in such stylish, warmly expressive performances, recorded in vivid, very immediate sound. ...The expressiveness is what matters in performances that are the more involving for their immediacy. Leister’s partners are well chosen. The pianist, Ferenc Bognar, is strong yet never too dominant, and the cellist, Wolfgang Boettcher, matches Leister in imaginative interplay. I think of the mysterious, hushed scale passage in the central development section of the first movement of the Trio, a magical moment in no way spoilt by the closeness of
Edward Greenfield, GRAMOPHONE (from the review of the original release on Nimbus)
"Karl Leister and the Brandis Quartet amble through Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet as if they’ve spent a lifetime in each other’s company, and as members of the Berlin Philharmonic they have. Their pooled tone is warm and generous, their phrasing unhurried and Nimbus’s sound quality is appropriately intimate."
GRAMOPHONE, (from the review of the original release)
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