BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet & Trio
When JOC reviewed these performances on LP she was attracted by their ''warmth of heart''; and like her I responded easily to their quality of good natured, unforced civility. I found the reading of the Quintet to be slightly the more distinguished, but it was pleasing to make the acquaintance of Thea King's undemonstrative, wise artistry in both works: I imagine that this is a record which will bear frequent repetition.
Playing such as this, committed and serious, yet at the same time relaxed and spontaneous, is not easy to contrive in the recording studio, and Hyperion have done well to capture these interpretations on the wing. On CD the sound is very good indeed, mellow and natural.'