Brahms first wrote his Op. 34 as a string quintet before recasting it for two pianos and then as the version for piano quintet known today. In this imaginative reconstruction as a string quintet by the Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, the Zebra Trio is joined by some of Britain’s most outstanding string-players, allowing modern listeners to hear a version of the work in textures closer to Brahms’ original thoughts. It is coupled in this recording by Brahms’ own rarely heard version of the Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115, as a string quintet, with a viola replacing the clarinet.
Zebra String Trio, string trio Anssi Karttunen, cello Ernst Kovacic, violin Steven Dann, viola Krysia Osostowicz, violin James Boyd, viola Richard Lester, cello
String Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0066/TOCC0066t05.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0066EAN/UPC: 5060113440662Release Date: 25.06.2012Composer: Johannes Brahms Artists: Anssi Karttunen, Ernst Kovacic, James Boyd, Krysia Osostowicz, Steven Dann, Zebra String Trio
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Nick Barnard :
“Another triumph for a small independent label. Brilliant thought provoking re-evaluations of ‘standard’ works by Brahms. The double viola version of the clarinet quintet in Brahms’ own arrangement is especially rewarding featuring some of the most beautiful viola playing I have ever heard from Steven Dann. Life-enhancing stuff.” —Nick Barnard, MusicWeb International
“This is the kind of disc that makes the most jaded listener sit up straight and pay attention: marvellous music, compellingly performed and beautifully produced. Record companies must spend ever-increasing effort trying to unearth repertoire that is both rare and important. The musical treasure-hunters at Toccata can give themselves a pat on the back: they have hit musical gold with this disc. …” —Nick Barnard, MusicWeb International
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