Brahms Clarinet Quintet & Zemlinsky Clarinet Trio
Emma Johnson is one of few clarinettists to have established a busy solo career which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia. Emma Johnson's has appeared a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras in repertoire which includes all the major clarinet works as well as pieces written especially for her by John Dankworth, Will Todd and Michael Berkeley amongst others. Emma Johnson is also in great demand as a collaborative artist; tours in recent years have included performances with the Takacs and Michelangelo quartets, the pianists Pascal Rogé and John Lill, the cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber and sopranos Lesley Garrett and Elizabeth Watts.
'In this finely balanced performance [of the Brahms Quintet]; Emma Johnson, when her part is a subsidiary one, blends in easily with the strings, adding a liquid tone to the texture. This is not to say that she doesn't strongly project and characterise the more soloistic episodes, but the whole account is noteable for its feeling of intimate discourse...Zemlinsky's early Trio...is a fascinating, enthralling work, persuasively presented in this strong, confident performance.' Gramophone, September 2015
'This is a lovely work given an impressive performance by these fine artists. The recording made at Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK is excellent and there are excellent booklet notes from Emma Johnson.' theclassicalreviewer.blogspot.co.uk
'Altogether this is a fine addition to the catalogue, especially given the interesting coupling, and it's very nicely recorded.' FRMS Bulletin, Autumn 2015
'Emma Johnson is a most excellent soloist who has had a highly successful career since winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition as long ago as 1984. She has a lovely, mellow tone and blends ideally with the quartet in a perfectly balanced recording which allows the gentle pulsing of the viola and cello to emerge clearly beneath the melodic line in the Adagio. They take that movement a little more briskly than Puddy, perhaps to avoid any connotations of sentimentality which can gather around such familiar and ripely Romantic music. On the other hand, they never abandon the requisite singing quality in their phrasing.' Ralph Moore, musicweb-international.com
'Two contrasting works, indeed and a joy for lovers of the clarinet.' COPYRIGHT David C F Wright PhD 2015 usual clause.