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Cyprien Katsaris presents Katrin Hagen, clarinetist: Works of Brahms, Saint-Saëns and Crusell

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, Op. 167
>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 3 in B flat major, Op. 11
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On this recording, Cyprien Katsaris presents young German-Luxembourg clarinetist Katrin Hagen. In 1891, Johannes Brahms was so moved at hearing clarinetist Richard Mhlfeld play the Mozart and Weber concertos that he decided to compose a trio and a quintet with strings for the instrument, followed in 1894 by his two Sonatas for Clarinet (or Viola) and Piano, Op. 120; they were to be his last instrumental works. Like Brahms, Camille Saint-Sans wrote his Sonata for Clarinet, Op. 167 just a few months prior to his death. This Sonata, dedicated to Auguste Prier - professor at the Conservatoire and soloist in the Opra Comique Orchestra - makes wondrous use of every last resource of the clarinet. A virtuoso musician who helped popularize the works of Mozart and Beethoven, Finnish clarinetist Bernhard Henrik Crusell composed a host of chamber works chiefly for the clarinet. His seven concertante works include three clarinet concertos. Concerto No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 11 (1807?) starts with two movements similar in style to Weber and Mozart, while the third movement Alla Polacca is a distinct nod towards the finale Rondo alla Polacca of Beethoven's Triple Concerto.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Schloss Freudental (Germany) (11/2014).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
  • Performer: Katrin Hagen (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, Op. 167
  • Performer: Katrin Hagen (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 3 in B flat major, Op. 11
  • Performer: Katrin Hagen (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1803-1812