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Twilight of the Romantics
Orion Ensemble
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

Orion Ensemble
Jennifer Marlas, Viola
Kathryne Pirtle, Clarinet
Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin
Diana Schmück, Piano
Judy Stone, Cello
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Click the Cedille Player at the upper left to hear excerpts from the tracks highlighted in red below. These have been carefully chosen as representative of the recording program.

PROGRAM (57:46)

Walter Rabl (1873-1940)
Quartet in E-flat Major for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano, Op. 1 (1896) (24:20)
1 I. Allegro moderato (7:01)
2 II. Adagio molto (7:54)
3 III. Andantino un poco mosso (2:25)
4 IV. Allegro con brio (6:50)

Josef Labor (1842-1924)
Quintet in D major for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, Op. 11 (1900) (33:13)
5 I. Allegro (13:10)
6 II. Allegretto grazioso (5:56)
7 III. Quasi Fantasia: Adagio (3:16)
8 IV. Tema con Variazioni: Quasi Allegretto (10:42)


Producer: James Ginsburg / Engineer: Bill Maylone / Recorded: February 3 (Rabl) and May 10-11 (Labor), 2005 at WFMT-Chicago / Steinway Piano / Piano Technician: Charles Terr / Graphic Design: Melanie Germond / Front Cover: Romance (oil on canvas) by Lee Campbell (Contemporary Artist). Private Collection. Courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library