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Brahms: The Two Sonatas Op 120; et al / Khaner, Abramovic

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2
>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
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Notes & Reviews:

Jeffrey Khaner, principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has emerged as one of the instruments most exciting soloists. His fourth recording for Avie a program of transcriptions of solo repertoire by Brahms and the Schumanns has already garnered a coveted Editors Choice rating from Gramophone.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
With the poignant flute solo in the middle of the passacaglia finale of the Fourth Symphony among the most tenderly reflective passages in all Brahms, it is sad that he did not write any work specifically for the flute. That, no doubt among other considerations, was what led Jeffrey Khaner, the distinguished principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra, to make his transcriptions of the two Brahms clarinet sonatas.

As one would expect, his alterations to the solo parts are discreet, involving occasional octave transpositions upwards and, more rarely, downwards.

In many of the changes it seems that Khaner has been concerned not so much whether the flute can actually play Brahms's written notes but what is more effective on the lighter instrument.

Naturally the replacement of the clarinet by the flute brings a marked change of character.

While these late chamber works in their clarinet versions - or in the viola alternatives which the composer himself suggested - have an autumnal quality, the freshness of flute tone brings more of a spring-like feeling. Khaner also demonstrates that though flute tone in its lightness is fresher and brighter than clarinet tone, it is also generally gentler, with such passages as the running quavers in the finale of the First Sonata made more delicate. Yet sensitive as Khaner's arrangements are, it is hard to imagine many people actually preferring these flute versions to the originals: they simply make a splendid showpiece for an outstanding flautist.

Much the same can be said of the Romances by Robert and Clara Schumann, though there is a stronger case for flute transcriptions of Robert's pieces: he suggested the violin or clarinet as an alternative to the oboe which he originally had in mind. The charming Clara pieces were written specifically for violin but again Khaner's transcriptions could not be more sensitive, nor the playing more inspired. In all these works he is greatly helped by the brilliant, warmly understanding accompaniment of Charles Abramovic.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
  • Performers: Charles Abramovic (Piano); Jeffrey Khaner (Flute)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2
  • Performers: Charles Abramovic (Piano); Jeffrey Khaner (Flute)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
  • Performers: Charles Abramovic (Piano); Jeffrey Khaner (Flute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1853

>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
  • Performers: Charles Abramovic (Piano); Jeffrey Khaner (Flute)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849