Twilight of the Romantics
Cedille Records CDR 90000 088
"If you love good Romantic chamber music, then you will
surely find this release to be just about as good as it gets."
The Orion Ensemble - an unusual combination of piano quartet and clarinet known for its insatiable musical curiosity and stylish performances - makes its commercial recording debut with world premiere recordings of two forgotten gems from late-Romantic Vienna.
Walter Rabl's Quartet in E-flat major for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano, Op. 1 (1896) and Josef Labor's Quintet in D major for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, Op. 11 (1900) are highly expressive, melodically rich musical journeys that share the same sound world as the late clarinet chamber music of Johannes Brahms, who enthusiastically championed Rabl's quartet.
"Orion's small-scale combination of strings, winds, and piano has given Chicago some of its finest chamber music evenings." - Chicago Sun-Times
"A remarkable chamber group . . . one of the Chicago area's most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles." - Chicago Tribune
Jennifer Marlas, Viola
Kathryne Pirtle, Clarinet
Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin
Diana Schmück, Piano
Judy Stone, Cello
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