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Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 & Clarinet Quintet / Campbell, New Zealand String Quartet

Release Date: 04/14/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573454  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  James Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brahms wrote his String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 67 in 1876 and its alrgely 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 teh wide expressive range of the solo instrument. The first two String Quartets can be heard on 8573433 in performances described by ClassicsToday as "... passionate expressions of these scores."



Read more can be no gainsaying that this is a gorgeous performance of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet; and the New Zealand String Quartet’s performance of Brahms’s String Quartet No. 3 is no less compelling.

– Fanfare

Brahms String Quartet Op. 67 is an extraordinary piece and the NZSQ gives it a truly fine performance. An equally magnificent performance of one of Brahms’s late masterpieces, the Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115, finds the James Campbell's gorgeous clarinet in perfect balance and in equal partnership with the strings, which is as it should be.

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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Austria 
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  James Campbell (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 

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