Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Wright. Philips 442 149.
Wright’s luminous tone and warm expression, and the polished playing of his Boston Symphony colleagues, make this a disc to treasure. The reading of the Mozart is relaxed and open; barely hinting at melancholy, it flows gracefully from one moment of beauty to the next, captivating with its soft-spoken lyricism. The Brahms receives a richly nuanced reading in which the seesaw balance between lightness and dark in the music is well projected, with the desolation at the end of the piece particularly affecting. The 1993 recording is ideally bright and detailed, and stands as a fitting requiem for Wright, who served as principal clarinet in Boston for 23 seasons and wasRead more killed crossing a street outside Symphony Hall less than four months after these sessions took place. – Ted Libbey, author of
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