International Clarinet Soloist
"Murray Khouri's mastery of the clarinet was a revelation of what can be done with the instrument. In his hands, it seemed almost to develop a life of its own, wailing plaintively, conjuring up sound as if from the depths and rising in astonishing crescendi to shout aloud. This was playing of the very highest order."
"Murray Khouri and Rosemary Barnes make a brilliantly integrated musical team. They are constantly aware of each other's musical intentions, to which they respond immediately and naturally. Musicians of experience and maturity, they nevertheless inject a freshness into their playing and programming. Their chosen programme was interesting and different"
"The music played required absolute precision, speed of execution and tremendous breath control. That it was effortlessly achieved is a tribute to Murray Khouri's dedication to maintaining an extremely high standard of performance."
"It's not often that the performance of a visiting musician not only attains but exceeds the advance publicity. We had that pleasurable experience on Saturday night - a brilliantly conceived programme played to a rapt audience."
"Here is without a doubt the best version of the Brahms diptych of 1894. The success of the present recording derives much from Murray Khouri, whose warm, full timbre, less open than the French School but brighter than the German School, superbly shapes the contours of the melodies."
"Certainly Murray Khouri's playing on the CD is a real delight, with its splendid bloom and Vox Humana quality."
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