Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Movt. 2

Here's the second movement of the Brahms Quintet Op. 115 in B minor, written in 1891. The gypsy Brahms shows heavily in the middle of the piece, and then he smooths out his shirt and the music goes back to the sublime mood of the beginning. I particularly love the coda of this movement, when the clarinet floats (hopefully) up to the high d.

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6 comments for “Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Movt. 2

  1. January 30, 2010 at

    Nice technique! I especially liked your use of vibrato.

    • January 30, 2010 at

      Hi Tom. I use vibrato instinctively, sometimes to blend a note with an instrument which uses vibrato, like strings or flute, and sometimes to intensify a note. I've thought about the two schools, and I don't think I could play clarinet without it. It's in my blood. I would feel like a fish out of water without it.

  2. yogahz
    January 28, 2010 at

    Wow, that was lovely.

  3. January 28, 2010 at

    A transcendent work and performance; inspired us to also listen to the Opus 114 A-minor Trio, (Ax/ Stoltzman/ Ma), as you know, another of the four works Brahms was inspired to write from his retirement because of the tone of clarinetist Richard Muhlfeld. Ellie and I both especially enjoyed the vigor and clarity of your tone, phrasing and dynamics (and strong lower register) in the Op.112. Thanks for sharing!

    • January 28, 2010 at

      The Trio is my favorite of Brahms. I’ve always wanted to play cello, and in the Trio I almost can.

  4. Arne
    January 27, 2010 at

    Beautiful job.

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