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Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.15
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Stephen Johnson Clarinet Quintet
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A K.581

When you add a clarinet to a string quartet, something magical happens – and five players suddenly become a single instrument capable of producing sounds of unmatched tenderness, beauty and warmth. Mozart knew that: his Clarinet Quintet might be the most sensuously beautiful music he ever wrote. Brahms knew it too, and his own Clarinet Quintet is the sound of a genius relaxing and remembering on a golden autumn afternoon. And of course clarinettist Emma Johnson knows it: when she won BBC Young Musician of the Year back in 1984, the musical world discovered an artist of unique presence and personality, with an unparalleled ability to speak straight to an audience’s heart.

A characterful new Quintet by the composer, writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson is at the heart of this concert with the Carducci Quartet – regular and treasured collaborators of Johnson, making this concert wonderful proof of the old saying that chamber music is “the music of friends”.

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