Phoenix Ensemble Clarinet Quintets (digital download)
The mission of New York City-based Phoenix Ensemble is resolute and clear: to bring diverse chamber music to diverse audiences. For this new PARMA Recordings release, clarinetist and artistic director Mark Lieb has chosen to contrast late Romanticism with modernity in two clarinet quintets that in some ways could not be more different, yet in other ways are surprisingly similar. Here, the expansive clarity of Johannes Brahms' Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, op. 115 is set against the angular narratives of Elliott Carter's Clarinet Quintet written more than a century later.