Old wine HAS matured....................
yazdanbuksh | Pune Maha. India | 12/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am indeed surprised that there is only one review for such a masterly work. Do not go by the year that it has been perfromed in because it is better than most modern recordings, I agree with the reviewer before me that the clarinet quintet is really good but, i would like to add that so is the other work specially the piano quintet. The recording is crisp and most importantly clear, there is no distortion of any kind. The Amadeus Quartet seems to have only one thing on their mind and that is to deliver a smooth interpretation of the sextets and quintets.Finally let me put it this way the playing is slow I have to admit, but I prefer to walk with Brahms music than run with it. A little patience on your part will reward you with one of the best chamber music ever."
Buy it for Brahms' Clarinet Quintet
oferfr | 06/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After I loved DG's vynil record of Brahms' clarinet quintet, Im glad to have found this performance on this CD.The quintet is thoughtful. Slow, but very rich. You should concetrate while listening to it, but you'll be rewarded. Leister's clarinet is rich and emotional. The co-operation between the amadeus quartet and the clarinet is also very good.Summary: Recommended."
Botched digital remastering of beautiful recordings
jt52 | New Jersey | 08/20/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Op. 18 Sextet recordings by the Amadeus Quartet have deep personal meaning for me and I have owned the performances on LP since I was a teenager. A few nights ago, I listened to the Quintet as reissued here on my second stereo system (mid-fi units) and again marvelled at the music's flow and passion, the eloquent performances -- and was about ready to just turn it off during the Scherzo. That's how bad the remastering is on this set - grainy, harsh treble, lack of warmth, haze.
The problems afflict all the pieces. Really a darn shame because it should be a marvel. Do not purchase."