Stephan Krehl CD is now released on Naxos!

This post will be updated with more details soon. Meanwhile, check out a free download opportunity for a track from this CD on Minnesota Public Radio's Daily Download page here!

From the CD blurb:

Stephan Krehl is remembered for numerous influential textbooks on music theory, harmony and counterpoint written during his distinguished tenure at the Leipzig Conservatory. As a composer he unfashionably adhered to the late German Romantic tradition of Brahms and Schumann, his superbly crafted String Quartet Op. 17 covering every emotion from mystery and lyrical wistfulness to wit and dramatic passion. Krehl’s Clarinet Quintet is modelled on that of Brahms, but its content reveals a unique compositional voice filled with quixotic moods, expressive tenderness and extrovert theatricality.

Krehl/Naxos Recording Session

Rehearsing before recording

It was a busy and exhausting week I spent in Evansville, IN with my Larchmere String Quartet friends, but I feel so great to finally put an end to this project that I envisioned several years ago. In effect, I traded my Spring Break off with this CD, a totally worthwhile outcome! The CD will include a beautiful Clarinet Quintet by Stephan Krehl (1864-1924) and a virtually unknown string quartet by the same composer set to be released by Naxos later this year. It was a great pleasure working with our engineer, Bill Maylone (WFMT Chicago), and producers, Daniel Stein and Francisco Cortes Alvarez. I will keep everyone posted as the release date comes closer!

Bill setting up the microphones

The Control Room

Where the magic happens...

At Bonefish Grill about halfway done!