Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of New York Philharmonic, Joins Pacifica Quartet on 'Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets' on Cedille CD; free Brahms download

Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets
Anthony McGill & Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR 90000 147 (2014)

Anthony McGill www.anthonymcgill.com 
& Pacifica Quartet

Cedille Records  (Click link to hear free excerpts)

The dynamic, Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s superstar principal clarinetist Anthony McGill join forces for the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms — widely considered the greatest chamber works for this combination of instruments.

Mozart’s radiant Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581, with its aria-like melodies, and Brahms’s expansive Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115, with its haunting, sunset glow, are mature masterworks inspired by phenomenal clarinetists of the day.

Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581 (1789) (30:54)

Quintet in B minor for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115 (1891) (37:36)

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