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Brahms - Three Sonatas

Catalogue numberBIS-2557 SACD
Release date2021-12-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time63:22

Friends of long standing as well as regular partners in chamber music, Michael Collins and Stephen Hough bring their combined musical insights and expertise to bear on Johannes Brahms’s sonatas for clarinet and piano. Together with the composer’s trio for clarinet, cello and piano and clarinet quintet, the sonatas are among the most treasured works in the repertoire of the instrument – but it is partly down to good luck that we have them at all. When Brahms in 1891 heard the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, principal clarinet of the Meiningen Court Orchestra, he had already announced his retirement. He was enraptured by Mühlfeld’s playing and its vocal qualities, however, and made a ‘comeback’: during the following couple of years he composed all four of his clarinet works.

These were written especially for Mühlfeld, whose spirit does seem to pervade the two sonatas – we hear an unusually sunny and lyrical Brahms, with plenty of opportunity to sing for both instruments. When the sonatas were published, they appeared with alternative viola parts to replace the clarinet, and soon violin versions prepared by the composer were also brought out. For the opening work on the disc, Michael Collins has therefore taken a leaf out of Brahms’s book, by adapting the composer’s Violin Sonata No. 2, another late work. The amount of adaptation needed is small: a lot of the violin writing fits the clarinet well, and the sonata share much of the songlike quality of the two ‘real’ clarinet sonatas.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  Sonata No. 2 in A major for violin and piano, Op. 100 19:44
01 I. Allegro amabile 08:12 $ 1.97 USD
02 II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante 05:56 $ 1.42 USD
03 III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante) 05:36 $ 1.34 USD
  Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1 22:07
04 I. Allegro appassionato 07:51 $ 1.88 USD
05 II. Andante un poco adagio 05:10 $ 1.24 USD
06 III. Allegretto grazioso 04:10 $ 1.00 USD
07 IV. Vivace 04:56 $ 1.18 USD
  Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2 21:27
08 I. Allegro amabile 08:32 $ 2.05 USD
09 II. Allegro appassionato 05:20 $ 1.28 USD
10 III. Andante con moto - Allegro 07:35 $ 1.82 USD
  Album total 63:22
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
ClarinetCollins, Michael
PianoHough, Stephen

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