Quasi morendo: Brahms, Pesson, Sciarrino
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Label: ECM New Series
Cat No: 4818082
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 10th May 2019
WorksClarinet Quintet in B minor, op.115
Let me Die before I Wake
ArtistsReto Bieri (clarinet)
His latest recording on ECM New Series, Quasi morendo, begins with a new exploration of one of the pieces featured on Contrechant, Salvatore Sciarrino’s Let Me Die Before I Wake (1982), with its “whisper-quiet sound world of harmonics, multiphonics and tremolandos” (The Guardian).
Bieri is then joined by Finnish string quartet Meta4 for a profound interpretation of Johannes Brahms’s Quintet, op.115 (1891). Inspired by Brahms’s friendship with clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld the quintet sounds freer, and more idyllic, than the composer’s earlier chamber music, yet is one of his most meticulously constructed works. The album closes with Gérard Pesson’s Nebenstück (1998), a ghostly re-arrangement of Brahms’s Ballade, op.10 no.4.
- Antti Tikkanen (violin)
- Minna Pensola (violin)
- Atte Kilpeläinen (viola)
- Tomas Djupsjöbacka (cello)
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