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BRAHMS: String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2

Maria Lambros

Seen as the successor to Beethoven by many of his contemporaries, Johannes Brahms combined traditional form with an originality of musical language that has inspired generations of composers. His two string quintets are, like Mozart’s, scored with two violas for richness of texture and harmonic depth. The positive mood of the First String Quintet reflects the sunny resort of Bad Ischl where Brahms composed during the spring of 1882, while his Second String Quintet combines symphonic breadth with nostalgic melancholy in what was originally intended to be his final chamber work.


February 2019 Naxos Classical Catalogue No: 8.573455

Producer and engineer: Norbert Kraft

Producer and editor: Bonnie Silver

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Audio Samples And Track Listings

String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111

i. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio

ii. Adagio

iii. Un poco allegretto

iv. Vivace ma non troppo presto

String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88

i. Allegro non troppo ma con brio

ii. Grave ed appassionato

iii. Allegro energico

BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 3 / Clarinet Quintet

James Campbell

Brahms wrote his String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 67 in 1876 and its largely unclouded and cheerful qualities culminate in a theme and variations finale of exceptional imagination and mastery of form. His last chamber music was inspired by a great exponent of the clarinet, Richard Mühlfeld, for whom he wrote four works including the Clarinet Quintet. This dazzling masterpiece is notable not only for its underlying elegiac mood but for its thematic interrelation and the wide expressive range of the solo instrument. The first two String Quartets can be heard in performances described by Classics Today as “…passionate expressions of these scores".


April 2017 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.573454

Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver

Engineer: Norbert Kraft

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Audio Samples And Track Listings

String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 67

i.  Vivace

ii. Andante

iii. Agitato (Allegretto non troppo)

iv. Poco allegretto con variazioni

Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115

i. Allegro

ii. Adagio - Più lento

iii. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento

iv. Con moto

Brahms String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2

Brahms’s two String Quartets, Op. 51 were the first he published but, completed in his 40th year, are very much mature masterpieces. He was very conscious of the tradition that lay behind the quartet genre, and the spirits of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert ensured that he took the greatest of care when preparing his own quartets. Each perfectly proportioned movement of these works creates its own unique expressive narrative, exploring bitter-sweet tonalities and thematic treatment ranging from tender lyricism to dramatic intensity. Recorded at St Ann's Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 16th - 18th July, 2014.


July 2016 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.573433

Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver

Engineer: Norbert Kraft

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Audio Samples And Track Listings

String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1

i. Allegro

ii. Romanze: Poco adagio

iii. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo

iv. Allegro

String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

i. Allegro non troppo

ii. Andante moderato

iii. Quasi Minuetto, moderato

iv. Finale: Allegro non assai

Requiem for the Fallen

Voices NZ
Horomona Horo
Richard Greager

Requiem for the Fallen honours the memory of soldiers who died in the First World War. Poetry by Vincent O'Sullivan is woven through the Latin of the Requiem Mass and carries many homespun New Zealand references. Horomona Horo's taonga pūoro improvisations add a haunting beauty that could only be from Aotearoa (New Zealand). See more on the SOUNZ website.

Text by Vincent O'Sullivan

Music by Ross Hariss & Horomona Horo

Conducted by Karen Grylls

Featuring the NZSQ with Voices New Zealand, taonga pūoro players Horomona Horo, and tenor Richard Greager


2017 Atoll CD Ltd ACD 617

Producer: Wayne Laird

Engineer: Larry Elliott 

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Audio Samples And Track Listings

Requiem for the Fallen

i. Introduction (Maimai Apakura)

ii. Requiem Aeternam

iii. Libera nos

iv. Gradual

v. Sanctus

vi. Agnus Dei

vii. Dies irae

viii. Memento Mori

viiii. In paradisum

x .Pax vobis. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Douglas Lilburn: String Chamber Music

This recording of Douglas Lilburn’s complete string chamber music celebrates the centenary of his birth, and is crowned by a world première recording of the Phantasy Quartet which won the Cobbett Prize at the Royal College of Music in 1939. On his return from studies in London to Christchurch in 1940 Lilburn embarked upon a prolific and varied period of creativity. This included the String Quartet in E minor, notable for its intense yet supple lyric power, the three Canzonettas, quasi-Elizabethan in tone as befits their tie to incidental music he wrote for Ngaio Marsh’s productions of Shakespeare’s plays in Christchurch, and the Schubert-influenced String Trio.


2015 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.573079

Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver

Engineer: Norbert Kraft

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Audio Samples And Track Listings

 String Quartet in E Minor (1946)

i. Andante

ii. Allegretto 

iii. Allegro

Duos for 2 Violins (1954)

i. Andante con moto

ii. Allegro

iii. Andante

iv. Allegro

v. Lento

vi. Allegramente

String Trio (1945)

i. Allegro non troppo
ii. Allegretto
iii. Allegro

Canzonettas for Violin and Viola (1942/1943/1958)

i. Semplice

ii. Andante semplice


Phantasy for String Quartet* (1939)


* World premiere recording 

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