New Zealand String Quartet with James Campbell

“The Mozart Quartet has been a living presence with me for more than 50 years, and after Campbell's collaboration with the New Zealand String Quartet, I have no hope of hearing it played better.”

Show Time Magazine

May 2014

Chamber Music New Zealand presents the New Zealand String Quartet with James Campbell (clarinet).

There is something about the clarinet that has inspired composers to soar to the absolute heights of their art. Brahms came out of retirement for the clarinet. Weber wrote his two greatest works. Mozart was so transfixed by the playing of Anton Stadler, the man who designed the modern instrument, that he wrote what would become the most exquisite utterances for winds – the concerto, the serenades, and this glorious quintet.

To make it even more special, the New Zealand String Quartet and James Campbell are old friends, and have performed together extensively. He has a staggering history: he has performed in over 30 countries, has recorded over 40 landmark CDs, has worked with everyone from the Amadeus and Guarneri Quartets, to Aaron Copland and Glenn Gould. In 1997 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and remains one of the “pre-eminent clarinet virtuosos” in the world.

Together, Campbell and the Quartet are recording the Brahms quintet for Naxos, and the programmes are completed by new New Zealand work and Brahms at his most light-hearted – the String Quartet No 3.

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