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ZRI – the Red Hedgehog Tavern (Zum Roten Igel) – where Brahms used to go and hear gypsy musicians play in Vienna – has inspired a re-imagining of his famous Op.115 clarinet quintet, re-scoring it with accordion and santouri (a type of cymbalom) for the rich gypsy flair that so inspired the original. ZRI weave the passionate sounds of klezmer and Hungarian music into the structure of the quintet, placing this classical masterpiece firmly in the context of the gritty tavern music that Brahms loved to hear.
‘ZRI played with consummate virtuosity, magic and passion’ - Royal Albert Hall Café Ignite Series