This exceptional live recording of clarinetist Mark Nuccio, of the New York Philharmonic, supported by a stellar string quartet, presents a lively interpretation of Mozart and Brahms’ clarinet quintets. These pieces stand at the peak of clarinet repertoire. Nuccio treats each masterpiece as such – with delicacy, lushness and superb attention to line shaping and dynamics. Mark Nuccio, renowned clarinetist and university professor, has been praised by critics for his “first-rate solos,” “fluent shaping of lines,” and “effortless soft playing.” He is an active solo and chamber musician, having played with several orchestras in the United States, as well as at the International Clarinet Association conventions. Nuccio is also a gifted studio musician, which he showcases very well on such movie soundtracks as Intolerable Cruelty, Hitch, The Manchurian Candidate, along with many others. Through his performance prowess and his educational competency, Nuccio continues to impress and influence people of all ages with his virtuosity and musicality.