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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". Listen now


April 2017 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.573454

Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver

Engineer: Norbert Kraft

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. Listen now.


July 2016 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.573433

Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver

Engineer: Norbert Kraft

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 or listen now.

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 

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. Listen now.


2015 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.573079

Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver

Engineer: Norbert Kraft

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 

Notes from a Journey

Winner Best Classical Album at Vodafone NZ Music Awards 2011

A diverse and fascinating collection of works for string quartet by NZ composers John Psathas, Jack Body, Ross Harris, Gareth Farr and Michael Norris. See more on the SOUNZ website or listen now.

"This celebration of the inspirational symbiosis that these four musicians share with our composer community has much going for it. If one could venture a superlative for the word immaculate, then this production would deserve it; as far as visual presentation is concerned, Simon Kaan's “Untitled Waka” on the cover could not be bettered for cool elegance.” 
William Dart, NZ Herald

December 2010 Atoll CD Ltd ACD 118

Producer: Wayne Laird


Audio Samples And Track Listings

John Psathas: Abhisheka
Ross Harris: variation 25
Jack Body: Three Transcriptions

i. Long Gi Yi (China)

ii. Ramandriana (Madagascar)

iii. Ratschenitsa (Bulgaria)

Michael Norris: Exitus

i. Quidlivun The Land on the Moon

ii. Xibalbá The Place of Fear

iii. Niflheim The House of Mists

iv. Oka Lusa Hacha Black Water River

Gareth Farr / Richard Nunns: He Poroporoaki A farewell

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