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Greg Pagel
American Record Guide, March 2014

…David Aaron Carpenter…performs the viola version of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. It’s a gorgeous rendition, mostly gentle and graceful, with moments of tasteful agitation.

Carpenter’s and Kussner’s execution of [Lament]’s tense chromatic chords show not only sensitivity but impressive technical skill despite the slow tempo.

Carpenter delivers [Dreamtime] with a clear sense of line. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, January 2014

Carpenter joins with some leading players from the Berlin Philharmonic; Bernhard Hartog and Rüdiger Liebermann (violins), Walter Küssner (viola), and cellist Stephan Koncz for a reading that honours the music’s richly warm qualities, whilst also vesting the faster music with requisite energy.

It’s beautifully played, and recorded.

If you admire Carpenter…you will most certainly appreciate his artistry and skill, and that of his colleagues, in this latest disc. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

International Record Review, January 2014

There’s an extremely appealing richness to the sound of the whole ensemble, crowned by David Aaron Carpenter’s exceptionally warm and vibrant viola playing. His burnished, unforced sound is a joy to behold, and the quartet drawn from the Berlin Philharmonic matches this well. © 2014 International Record Review

Carlos MarĂ­a Solare
The Strad, December 2013

…David Aaron Carpenter…with admirable aplomb and secure intonation while fitting perfectly into the ensemble as primus inter pares. Without the clarinet timbre as part of the equation, the piece needs a different voicing of its various parts, which it most convincingly receives here, with these Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra players and their guest audibly inspiring each other. Carpenter’s alto tone contrasts beautifully with the dark tenor of Walter Küssner in a most eloquent rendition of Frank Bridge’s Lament. The ‘title track’ by the Juilliard Quartet’s long-time leader Robert Mann…is of course wonderfully tailored for the viola and makes for an agreeable envoi…the recording quality is lifelike and faithful to Carpenter’s addictively beautiful sound. © 2013 The Strad Read complete review

Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle, December 2013

Splendid young violist David Aaron Carpenter, a musician of versatility and grace, continues to add luster to his growing discography with this fine new collaboration with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. The leadoff selection is a rich and poignant live account of Brahms’ B-Minor Clarinet Quintet, in the commonly heard version for viola…the central jewel of the disc is Frank Bridge’s “Lament” for two violas, a beautiful, soulful intertwining of voices that deserves to be better known. It has an eloquent yet understated Romanticism…and Carpenter and Walter Küssner play it superbly. © 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Read complete review, November 2013

The three viola-focused works that David Aaron Carpenter plays with tremendous beauty and skill…are all quite serious and all quite lovely, with the highlight definitely being the very rarely heard viola version of Brahms’ late Clarinet Quintet. Indeed, hearing how Carpenter’s viola both stands out against the ensemble and blends within it is a major pleasure of this warm and winning performance…The shorter works on this disc, by Frank Bridge…and Robert Mann…both show sure command of the instrument and a firm understanding of its ability to evoke emotions… © 2013 Read complete review

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