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Brahms, Rheinberger: Clarinet Sonatas / Oudenweijer

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Sonata for clarinet & piano in E flat major, Op. 105a
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Notes & Reviews:

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer is the top solo clarinetist in the Netherlands, known for his warm and powerful tone that is compelling and sensitive at the same time. Lars is unbelievably musical; he touches the hearts of both live audiences and CD listeners with every note.

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
Brahms' clarinet sonatas are given a warm and intimate treatment by Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer and Hans Eijsackers. This is not to imply that Wouters van den Oudenweijer isn't passionate and heartily energetic when the music calls for it, but the consistent smoothness of his tone and controlled breathing create quite an impression in the sweetly lyrical and quite moments. His skills are particularly evident in the last movement of the Sonata No. 1 and the middle movement of Sonata No. 2. Eijsackers is equally sensitive in his playing, matching his sound to the clarinet's so as not to overpower it. In the second movement of the Sonata No. 1 there is plenty of opportunity for musicians to be overly forceful, but neither of these two are.

The Rheinberger sonata fits well with the Brahms. It is the composer's own transcription of his Violin Sonata No. 2, and as such, it makes more than a few high-note demands on the clarinetist, which Wouters van den Oudenweijer handles very capably. Its opening movement is ardent and lyrical by turns, while the middle movement has a flowing clarinet over a rippling piano. The finale is quite animated and even thrilling, especially in the dashing, last moments. Wouters van den Oudenweijer and Eijsackers give listeners a very fine performance of the classic Brahms works and the rare Rheinberger.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: FWL STudios, Leipzig, Germany (06/28/2010-06/29/2010).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2
  • Performers: Hans Eijsackers (Piano); Lars van den Oudenwijer (Clarinet)
  • Notes: FWL STudios, Leipzig, Germany (06/28/2010-06/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
  • Performers: Hans Eijsackers (Piano); Lars van den Oudenwijer (Clarinet)
  • Notes: FWL STudios, Leipzig, Germany (06/28/2010-06/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Sonata for clarinet & piano in E flat major, Op. 105a
  • Performers: Hans Eijsackers (Piano); Lars van den Oudenwijer (Clarinet)
  • Notes: FWL STudios, Leipzig, Germany (06/28/2010-06/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893