Best Clarinet Recording of the Year So Far – Pacifica Quartet & Anthony McGill

The year has been awfully quiet for those in love with the sounds of the clarinet. That’s about to end with the team up of the Pacifica Quartet and Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and their new recording of the Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets.

McGill, one of the best clarinetists in the field today, adds a placid and smoothly elegant sound to some of the most important pieces for clarinet. The Pacifica Quartet, no strangers to collaborations, provide an open air spacing to McGill’s clarinet, bringing a revitalizing element to the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets through a well-calculated rhythmic pace.

All in all, the Pacifica Quartet and McGill’s take on the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets shapes up to be one of the more pleasurable listens of the year. McGill’s classy touch remains evident at every turn while the Pacifica Quartet create exquisite layers of tranquil depth mostly seen as an afterthought from such interpretations.

The Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets is available now on digital download from Cedille Records.

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