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Brahms: Klarinettenquintett, Op.115 & Streichquintett Nr. 2, Op.111 [Live]

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  • Audio CD (5 April 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000J28D
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115: I. AllegroAlban Berg Quartett/Sabine Meyer12:43Album Only
Listen  2. Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115: II. AdagioAlban Berg Quartett/Sabine Meyer11:17Album Only
Listen  3. Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115: III. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimentoAlban Berg Quartett/Sabine Meyer 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115: IV. Con moto - Un poco meno mossoAlban Berg Quartett/Sabine Meyer10:22Album Only
Listen  5. String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op.111: I. Allegro non troppo, ma con brioGŁnter Pichler/Hariolf Schlichtig/Gerhard Schulz/Thomas Kakuska/Alban Berg Quartett/Valentin Erben12:42Album Only
Listen  6. String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op.111: II. AdagioGŁnter Pichler/Hariolf Schlichtig/Gerhard Schulz/Thomas Kakuska/Alban Berg Quartett/Valentin Erben 7:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op.111: III. Un poco AllegrettoGŁnter Pichler/Hariolf Schlichtig/Gerhard Schulz/Thomas Kakuska/Alban Berg Quartett/Valentin Erben 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op.111: IV. Vivace ma non troppo prestoGŁnter Pichler/Hariolf Schlichtig/Gerhard Schulz/Thomas Kakuska/Alban Berg Quartett/Valentin Erben 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not wait for Brahms 12 Dec 2013
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Having now reached my sixth decade I regret to say I have foolishly avoided Brahms, having felt his works somewhat sombre and melancholic. Stupid and ill informed me. The Clarinet Quintet as played here is absolutely beautiful, full of the whole range of emotions from light to dark with a good measure of tunes strown in for good measure. As has been said by others, the recording is of the highest order - there is real presence from the live recording so you really feel the players are in the room. Mozarts Clarinet Quintet and Concerto are on my short list for my desert island but this piece requires re-appraisal of my `top 8`. I have to say Brahms has really taken the instrument to another level but in this recording it does not dominate to the exclusion of all others. The String Quintet makes a superb accompaniment but for me in its the Clarinet which is the star. If you do not have it in your collection my advice is buy it without delay and don`t leave it as long as me. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent twice over. 5 Sep 2008
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This live recording scores well in two ways because of difficult performance parameters. One is balance of voices, the other is recording. These are great. The late Brahms chamber works require the most subtle and intricate balancing of voices. The g major quintet needs a cellist with brilliance and forceful sound. In the clarinet quintet, the clarinetest combines restraint and clarity within very complex melodic structure. The sound engineering aspect, especially considering that it is a live performance, is first rate. A truly fine recording.
Steve Harris, 9/08
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5.0 out of 5 stars After a too-refined Clarinet Quintet, a masterful String Quintet no. 2 22 Sep 2010
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The Alban Berg Qt. made one of the most aggressive recordings of Brahms's three string quartets that I know of; it appeared on Teldec early in their meteoric career. That approach isn't recognizable in this live Clarinet Quintet from Vienna in 1998. There's refinement to the point of politeness in their playing. Star soloist Sabine Meyer (remembered in youth as the reason for Karajan's departure from the Berlin Phil. -- he appointed her but for chauvinist reasons the musicians refused to seat her) doesn't steal the spotlight, preferring to sinuously blend in with the strings. I must admit to a slightly queasy feeling for Brahms's late infatuation with the clarinet, which he uses dolefully and with an excess of plaintive romantic yearning. Others love this quintet for the reasons that keep me away. You'd think that a low-key performance like this one, with its silken textures and emotional reserve, would fit the bill. But if you are going to take on the Clarinet Quintet, you have to give yourself passionately to what Brahms wrote, and here that doesn't happen except by fits and starts.

The two string quintets of Brahms haven't gained much popularity, probably because famous string quartets want to shine on their own without the extra violist. The Juilliard made a famous recording with star violist Walter Trampler, and except for its dated sound, there's no reason to go much further afield. But I treasure live readings of the two string sextets by the ABQ, and I hoped that this recording of the String Quintet No. 2 Op. 111 would be similar in its drive, excitement, and virtuosic swagger. Happily, it comes close. The cellist is careful not to drag the sonority down, allowing the textures to remain light and fresh. The second subject in the first movement is deliriously sweet and soaring. For the life of me, I can't remotely understand why the disapproving Gramophone reviewer found this movement heavy--i'ts quite the opposite. throughout, the ABQ and guest Hariolf Schlichtig deliver the subtlety of a string quartet. The Adagio's nuanced texture cold be mistaken by the ear as a quartet, in fact.

This quintet precedes the fulsome Clarinet Quintet by only four opus numbers, so it has its share of Brahms's late melancholy and emotional ambiguity. The ABQ don't emphasize that side of the work, however, taking their cue from its major key. Only the hesitating rhythm of the Scherzo brings out the suggestion of tears. The finale is marked Vivace, but Brahms took down the liveliness by adding "not too much," and therefore the ABQ are right to add half-lights and reflective shading to the music. The Juilliard are more straightforward in their sunniness. It's a choice between two thoroughly engrossing readings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Four stars for Op. 111, two stars for Op. 115 13 July 1999
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Performance of Op.115 is vulgar and clarinet is tasteless. Op. 111 is better. Too bad I could not listen to this CD before buying it.
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