Brahms: Quintet in G / Clarinet Quintet

Brahms: Quintettes, Op. 111 & 115
Melos Quartett / Gérard Caussé / Michel Portal
Harmonia Mundi 901349
Harmonia Mundi "Anniversary" 941349
Harmonia Mundi "musique d'abord" 195 1349

Contents:

    String Quintet No. 2 in G, Op. 111
  1. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
  2. Adagio
  3. Un poco allegretto
  4. Vivace ma non troppo presto

  5. Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
  6. Allegro
  7. Adagio
  8. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
  9. Con moto

Perfomers: Wilhelm Melcher (violin), Gerhard Voss (violin), Hermann Voss (viola), Peter Buck (cello), Gérard Caussé (viola), Michel Portal (clarinet)

Playing time: 67'

Recording date: July 1990

This is one of my clear "desert island" discs, and really doesn't have any competition. Everything is quite idiomatic here, and the tone is rich too. I cannot recommend this recording highly enough.

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T. M. McComb