A Counterweight to the Dark Reality of 1915

Brahms clarinet quintet
A winter day. © Charles Thibo

A grey and wet Saturday afternoon, and I am happy. I should be. The household chores are done, I practiced a lovely Ländler written by Franz Schubert (D.734), and now I have the house for myself for a few hours until the girls return from ice-skating. Time to write, time to read. And since we explored Max Bruch’s clarinet quintet two days ago, I picked for today’s post another clarinet piece, written by a contemporary of Bruch, equally inspired by Johannes Brahms: Max Reger’s Clarinet Quintet in A major (Op. 146), performed by Sharon Kam, Isabelle von Keulen, Ulrike-Anima Mathé, Volker Jacobsen and Gustav Rivinius.

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