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Twilight of the Romantics

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Twilight of the Romantics

Orion Ensemble

  • CDR 90000 088
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    • I. Allegro moderato (7:01)

    • WALTER RABL (1873-1940)

      Quartet in E-flat Major for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano, Op. 1 (1896) (24:20)

      I. Allegro moderato (7:01)

    • II. Adagio molto (7:54)

    • II. Adagio molto (7:54)

    • III. Andantino un poco mosso (2:25)

    • III. Andantino un poco mosso (2:25)

    • IV. Allegro con brio (6:50)

    • IV. Allegro con brio (6:50)

    • I. Allegro (13:10)

    • JOSEF LABOR (1842-1924)

      Quintet in D major for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, Op. 11 (1900) (33:13)

      I. Allegro (13:10)

    • II. Allegretto grazioso (5:56)

    • II. Allegretto grazioso (5:56)

    • III. Quasi Fantasia: Adagio (3:16)

    • III. Quasi Fantasia: Adagio (3:16)

    • IV. Tema con Variazioni: Quasi Allegretto (10:42)

    • IV. Tema con Variazioni: Quasi Allegretto (10:42)

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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.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 57:46

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

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