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Beethoven, Brahms: Trios for Clarinet, Cello & Piano / Jon Manasse, clarinet; Jon Nakamatsu, piano; Clive Greensmith, cello

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Grand Duo Concertante for clarinet & piano in E flat major, J. 204 (Op. 48)
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
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Notes & Reviews:

With this disc, Jon Manasse, who joins forces once again with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and ex Tokyo String Quartet cellist Clive Greensmith, completes his survey of Brahms's chamber works for clarinet. The beloved Clarinet Trio is paired with technically brilliant and melodically rich trios by Beethoven and Weber that balance the program perfectly.

The Irish Times, 4th December 2014
American clarinettist Jon Manasse and his partners delight in the extroversion of the young Beethoven, bringing an almost giddy enthusiasm to what is one of the composer's jolliest works. And the virtuosic showmanship of the Weber duo is totally up their street as well.

International Record Review, February 2015
Manasse brings a soulful, autumnal quality to the second movement, with utterly gorgeous playing... if the couplings appeal, you should find this a rewarding disc, worthy of your attention.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
This is altogether a most enjoyable disc, beautifully played and recorded, with the three players joining together to make a perfect ensemble.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Former Royal Philharmonic principal cellist Clive Greensmith, later a member of the Tokyo Quartet, joins the acclaimed Americans Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu for a recital of clarinet chamber music. Greensmith appears in the Beethoven and Brahms trios. Nakamatsu and Greensmith are outstanding, delivering the skill, authority, and conviction of master artists; and Manasse supplies his famously beautiful sound, heartfelt phrasing, and effortless technique. The opening Beethoven will sweep the listener away with daring, polish, and wit; and the closing Brahms has many tender moments. Manasse has some surprising stumbles. His soft reed in I and II of the Weber undermines his intonation, and while he finds his robust tone again in III with a brilliant rendition of the popular Rondo, he begins the Brahms with the same precarious timbre that plagues him earlier. He recovers enough to help his colleagues give a satisfying reading.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (12/2013).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
  • Performers: Clive Greensmith (Cello); Jon Manasse (Clarinet); Jon Nakamatsu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Grand Duo Concertante for clarinet & piano in E flat major, J. 204 (Op. 48)
  • Performers: Jon Manasse (Clarinet); Jon Nakamatsu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815-1816

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
  • Performers: Clive Greensmith (Cello); Jon Manasse (Clarinet); Jon Nakamatsu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1891