Twilight of the Romantics
- CDR 90000 088
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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.