This uses GPO solo strings and GPO clarinet. I ran into a couple of problems with it. First, the GPO solo clarinet is specifically Bb, and the Brahms is for A clarinet requiring the low c#. It was fairly easily solved by applying a semitone pitchbend on the low D whenever C# was needed.
Secondly, I only had the parts, but no score at home. I could do most of the work from the parts, but, without the score, doing the final balancing and interpretation etc. became difficult. However, I found an archive on-line (http://sheetmusicarchive.net) from which I could download the score. It looks like it might be the original publication with yellowed pages and a florid title page.
An impressive work with many details to get together.
I'm thinking of 2 possibilities for the low note:
Transpose the entire work one half step.
Try a basset horn in the Concert, Marching Band-of course I didn't check to see if there's one in the list.. I know there is an alto clarinet.
The clarinet sound reminds me of a player with a really soft reed-nasal.
The score doesn't always give a lot of clues. Listen to a recordingm& make your own dynamics.
I checked the CMB and it has a basset horn with all the range you need.
Good job, the libraries sounds very fine and this is a beautiful Brahms´s work. I think you could work a bit more the balance between the five voices, because there are parts that may sound more weaved, the counterpointistic aspect in this work is very relevant.
Jack, I haven't heard this in probably twenty years
(I'm a real Brahms nut, if you haven't previously
gathered that)... this is beautifully done, fine interpretation
with real understanding and finesse.
While I think I might personally take somewhat more liberty
with rubato and certain tempi, this was a most satisfying
and gratefully received rendition. Many thanks!