Das Tokyo String Quartet wird ergänzt durch den Pianisten Jon Nakamatsu und den Klarinettisten Jon Manasse. Sie spielen Meisterwerke von Johannes Brahms aus zwei ganz unterschiedlichen Epochen seines Lebens: das turbulente Klavierquintett op. 34 das Werk eines ehrgeizigen jungen Mannes und des Klarinettenquintett, die herbstliche Serenade eines erfahrenen Meisters. Die Stationen des Weges zwischen diesen beiden Meilensteinen sind Kritik, Selbstzweifel und letztlich Triumph.
The Piano Quintet, Op.34, and Clarinet Quintet, Op.115, are seldom coupled together, yet make a natural and mutually illuminating pairing ... both pieces receive performances that understand and warmly identify with Brahms s intentions: the playing is expressive and there is an obvious love of the music throughout ... very enjoyable, superbly played accounts in which there is really nothing to criticise. --Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine Christmas Issue 2012
Here is a glorious set of performances that find its way onto somebody s Pick of the Year list (certainly mine). The immaculate and wise Tokyo String Quartet are joined by two American soloists, clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu, in pristine and moving performances ... an important and revealing new recording of two great and very different masterpieces. --Michael Tumelty, The Herald 4 November 2012
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the Tokyo String Quartet are on fine form ... playing with an effortless command and sophistication that reveal details of texture and articulation ... [a] beautifully played, radiantly engineered performance that is especially alluring in the SACD s surround sound. --Julian Haylock, The Strad December 2012