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Music for clarinet by Brahms -
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Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Trio. © 2004 harmonia mundi ibèrica

After the Second World War, Meiningen disappeared into the fringes of East Germany, with nearest metropolitan centre at Karl Marx-Stadt. Previously it had enjoyed heady days of musical glory, when a cousin of Bach's was kapellmeister and successive dukes played the cello. A crucial moment was the summons in 1880 of Hans von Bülow as conductor for the orchestra. Having lost his wife to Wagner, Bülow was increasingly ready to champion Brahms, who had opportunity to try out new works on the increasingly resplendent orchestra. With Richard Strauss as sometime assistant, Bülow built up an enviable tradition of excellence till his 1885 departure in a huff.

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Copyright © 26 August 2004 Robert Anderson, London UK


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