Clarinet Quintets.


Mozart and Brahms:

  • Clarinet Quintets

Performed by Anthony McGill (clarinet), with the Pacifica Quartet.

On this CD, the Pacifica Quartet and the clarinetist Anthony McGill join forces to perform the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms, widely considered the greatest chamber works for clarinet and strings.

Both of these quintets were inspired by well-known clarinetists of their day. In Mozart’s case, the music was composed in 1789 for clarinet player Anton Stadler. In Brahms’ case, the music was composed more than one hundred years later, in 1891 for the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld.

In addition to his regular performances as principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera, McGill’s 2014 concert schedule includes concerts as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras, and with Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001. And just this month it was announced that Anthony McGill will play with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra next season.

Here is the Guarneri Quartet and David Shifrin, Clarinet, as they perform the Brahms Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor, Op. 115:



And next, here is Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581, with Sabine Meyer and the Hagen Quartet:

An amazing performance.

Finally, here is the Pacifica Quartet and Anthony McGill playing Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, Second Movement. Check out Mr. McGill’s lush, wonderful tone in this piece!


Tags: Mozart, Brahms, Clarinet Quintet, Pacifica Quartet, Anthony McGill