“… if you’d like to hear a blended, patient, elegant interpretation, here you are. For an hour Brahms is given the peace he never achieved in life. Excellent, clear sound.”
Huntley Dent – Fanfare – January/February 20
***** (Exceptional album)
Bernardo Pieri - Musica magazine (Italy) - July/August 2014
“… Here and throughout, Michael Collins’s awareness of his role as primus inter pares rather than prima donna is one of the special joys of this outstanding disc. Both he and the Brodskys erase all possible strenuousness and opacity (always dangers in contrapuntal writing) with supreme clarity, vigour and refinement. Finely recorded, this is outstanding even by Collins and the Brodsky’s standards.”
Bryce Morrison – Gramophone magazine – May 2014
"...This is a lovely performance, appreciatively recorded, one to cherish... The Brodskys are excellent in their intelligent presentation of the music, so that often very complicated textures assist rather than confuse the action of the music and the presentation of the themese. Therecording engineers have brought an intelligent ear to the style of the music and the richness yet lucidity of the playing."
John Warrack - International Record Review - April 2014
Performance *** Recording ****
"Perhaps no clarinettist around today is capable of floating a purer, smoother, more beautifully contoured melodic line than Michael Collins, and he is often heard at his best in the four late masterpieces that Brahms dedicated to the artistry of the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld..."
Bayan Northcott - BBC Music magazine - April 2014
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