David Cairns
The Sunday Times
April 2014

When Brahms decided, in 1890, to give up composing—only to change his mind under the influence of the inspiring clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld—did he feel his G major quintet was a fitting end, or had he run out of creative juice? Despite loving Brahms's chamber music, I find that both quintets (the first is in F major), for all their richness and subtlety, lack distinct personality, but perhaps only because I don't know them. They're among his most neglected works. These fine performances make a strong case for them.