BRAHMS: Clarinet Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Clarinet Trio

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1 Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1: I. Allegro appassionato 7:49 44.1/16 Album only
2 Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1: II. Andante un poco Adagio 5:05 $1.49 Buy
3 Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1: III. Allegretto grazioso 4:21 $1.49 Buy
4 Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1: IV. Vivace 5:21 $1.49 Buy
5 Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120, No. 2: I. Allegro amabile 8:10 44.1/16 Album only
6 Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120, No. 2: II. Allegro appassionato 5:05 $1.49 Buy
7 Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120, No. 2: III. Andante con moto - 5:01 $1.49 Buy
8 Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120, No. 2: III. Allegro 2:13 $1.49 Buy
9 Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114: I. Allegro 8:02 44.1/16 Album only
10 Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114: II. Adagio 7:52 44.1/16 Album only
11 Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114: III. Andantino grazioso 4:35 $1.49 Buy
12 Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114: IV. Allegro 5:04 $1.49 Buy

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10/10 and Disc of the Month Classicstoday.com and Classicstodayfrance.com March 2006
Editor's Choice Gramophone April 2006
Chamber Choice of the Month BBC Music Magazine February 2006
CD of the Week BBC Radio 3 CD Review 25 February 2006

On it’s release, Martin Fröst’s recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet (BIS-SACD-1263) received glowing reviews. The magazine Classica-Répertoire named it the finest recording ever of the concerto after performing a blind test involving no less than 50 interpretations of the work. And the critic in International Record Review agreed with his French colleagues when he wrote: ‘Better recorded performances of these towering masterpieces may exist, but I have never heard them. In their technical proficiency, style consciousness and broad, yet never exaggerated emotional range, they shine as major achievements.’
Martin Fröst now continues his survey of the core clarinet repertoire with Brahms’ autumnal works for the instrument. Composed towards the end of Brahms’ life, the trio and two sonatas on this disc are the fruits of the meeting between a composer who feared that he had lost his inspiration, and a great musician who helped him find it again. Richard Mühlfeld was the favourite clarinettist of both Richard Wagner and Hans von Bülow, but these works by Brahms are surely the most impressive testimonial to his musicianship.

For this recording, Fröst is partnered by his regular collaborator Roland Pöntinen at the piano – a team which was highly praised for their Schumann recording a couple of years ago, BIS-CD-944, of which the reviewer in Répertoire wrote: ‘An hour of sheer happiness … Seemingly effortlessly the musicians find the same words, the same accents, the same sighs, that common way of thinking which is the mark of all great recordings of chamber music. A luminous Schumann.’
Eminent cellist Torleif Thedéen makes up the numbers in the trio, in which the central episode of the third movement, a dialogue between the clarinet and cello, was described by Brahms’s friend Eusebius Mandyczewski as sounding ‘as if the instruments were in love with each other’.