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G2: Film & Music: Reviews: Classical: Brahms: Clarinet Quintet; Clarinet Trio, etc Frost/Jansen/Brovteyn/ Rysanov/Thedeen/ Pontinen BIS 4/5

August 22, 2014

Andrew Clements

This is a fine but frustrating disc. Admirers of the superb Swedish clarinettist Martin Frost may already have this version of Brahms' Trio for clarinet, cello and piano Op 114, which was released nine years ago along with Frost's performances of the two Brahms clarinet sonatas. Including it again alongside brand new recordings of the Clarinet Quintet and Frost's own arrangements for clarinet and piano of six Brahms songs means that some will feel obliged to duplicate a performance they already know well. Those who want high-quality recordings of the quintet and trio, though, won't go far wrong with these; the way the clarinet and strings listen to each other and tailor their phrasing accordingly is an object lesson in high-class ensemble playing, while the clarinet-and-piano arrangements of the songs, in which Frost is partnered by Roland Pontinen, complement the chamber works nicely.

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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