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Like Brahms and Reger, Hans Gál (1890–1987) expressed some of his last musical thoughts in the form of a Clarinet Quintet, this one written when its composer was 87 years old. But the earlier works here – the Serenade written in Vienna between Gál’s expulsion from Nazi Germany and his flight after the Anschluss, and the Trio, composed in his new home of Edinburgh – reveal that its elegiac, autumnal lyricism was his natural mode of expression. In these three scores, indeed, he produced some of the loveliest music in the clarinet repertoire.

Ensemble Burletta

Shelley Levy, clarinet

Katalin Kertész, violin

Joanne Green, violin (Tracks 1 – 3)

Nichola Blakey, viola (Tracks 1 – 3)

Cressida Nash, cello (Tracks 1 – 3)

Pavel Timofeyevsky, piano (Tracks 4 – 6)

To purchase this CD for £12 (plus postage and packaging), please contact Shelley at

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