An Emotional Journey: Clarinet Works of Johannes Brahms

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Arguably some of the best chamber music to include the clarinet occurred perhaps by accident. The senior Brahms, who had all but stopped composing, attended a concert featuring clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld. So impressed was Brahms with Mühlfeld's playing and treatment of the clarinet that four brilliant chamber works quickly ensued. All but the "Quintet for Clarinet and Strings" are included on this Dorian album with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players. The disc opens with the earliest of these chamber works, the "Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano." While the "Trio" prominently features the clarinet, the melodic work is parceled among the three players remarkably ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Arguably some of the best chamber music to include the clarinet occurred perhaps by accident. The senior Brahms, who had all but stopped composing, attended a concert featuring clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld. So impressed was Brahms with Mühlfeld's playing and treatment of the clarinet that four brilliant chamber works quickly ensued. All but the "Quintet for Clarinet and Strings" are included on this Dorian album with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players. The disc opens with the earliest of these chamber works, the "Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano." While the "Trio" prominently features the clarinet, the melodic work is parceled among the three players remarkably evenly. Clarinetist Loren Kitt's sound is pure and effortless, and although the clarinet's keys are frequently audible, there's no sense of airiness. Rounding out the trio are energetic but restrained pianist Lambert Orkis and poignant cellist David Hardy. The three do a nice job of matching tone and play together in a true collaborative fashion. The recorded sound quality, however, doesn't do any favors for the ensemble's sense of balance or sound quality; the cello is frequently covered despite Hardy's best efforts and the lower end of the piano is weak and lacking in depth. The "Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano" which Brahms also published for viola and a rarely heard version for violin have the same nicely refined playing from Kitt, whose sense of pacing and dynamics make the slow movements of each sonata especially enjoyable, but also retain the less desirable sound quality from the piano.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479090225
  • Catalog Number: 90902
  • Sales rank: 365,976

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Trio for Clarinet (or viola), Cello & Piano in A minor, Op. 114 - Johannes Brahms & Kennedy Center Theater Chamber Players (24:35)
  2. 5–8 Sonata for Clarinet (or viola) & Piano No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1 - Johannes Brahms & Loren Kitt (21:10)
  3. 9–11 Sonata for Clarinet (or viola) & Piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2 - Johannes Brahms & Loren Kitt (19:27)
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Kennedy Center Theater Chamber Players Primary Artist
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