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Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Anthony McGill, Pacifica Quartet

Mozart / Brahms
Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 147   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Anthony McGill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following the Grammy Award-winning Quartet's wildly popular collaboration last season with the extraordinary clarinetist Anthony McGill, Cedille Records invited the artists to record the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets. Widely considered among the greatest chamber works for clarinet and strings, these quintets are both mature pieces that are captured with virtuosic mastery in this recording.

"[T]he playing is so suave, so gleamingly elegant and so full of textural riches that you can almost imagine yourself hearing these pieces for the first time. McGill especially is a joy, bringing a combination of vivacity and soulfulness to the Mozart and then deepening those qualities to reflect the autumnal qualities in Brahms'
Read more writing. The Pacifica Quartet makes a worthy collaborator, providing plush yet translucent accompaniment when the clarinet comes to the fore and stepping up when necessary with close-knit ensemble playing. In all, this is a keeper." – sfgate.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anthony McGill (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
2. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anthony McGill (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 

Sound Samples

Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: I. Allegro
Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: II. Larghetto
Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: III. Menuetto
Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: IV. Allegretto con variazioni
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: I. Allegro
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: II. Adagio
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: III. Andantino
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: IV. Con moto

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