BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet, String Quartet in A Minor
...Make no mistake: this is musicianship of the highest order.
[The quartet is] now so finely attuned to each other’s’ musical sensibilities that their music-making is more instinctual than measured. Thus stimulating conversation and contrast are the order of the day: between first and second subjects; between fast and slow sections; between harmonic and polyphonic textures. The chiaroscuro of the opening movement is particularly well managed, so refined and yet so full of conflict that the following two movements seem to foreshadow the ultimate drama of the finale. Superb.