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Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas & Trio / Fröst, Pöntinen, Thedéen

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
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Clarinet (or Viola), Cello & Piano in A minor, Op. 114
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Notes & Reviews:

Import Hybrid-SACD pressing.

Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3: CD Review
His smooth, even tone is deliciously seductive, and he can darken or lighten the sound at will, from velvet warmth with a sensitively applied vibrato, to a soaring clarity that never goes louder than lovely ... I could write more, but if you'll excuse me, I'd rather like to be seduced all over again.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The Trio tends to be the neglected one among the great clarinet works from Brahms's mellow last period, usually coupled with the Clarinet Quintet as though a poor relation... Cellist Torleif Thedéen matches Fröst in imaginative playing but pianist Roland Pöntinen, placed backward in the recording balance, is less individual. None the less this is a generously filled CDs and the couplings are apt.

BBC Music Magazine
The young Swede Martin Fröst plays with elegant phrasing and beautiful, even produced tone... In the two sonatas, he's perfectly matched by his compatriot Roland Pöntinen in performances which capture Brahms's serious, autumnal mood without undue heaviness... cellist Torleif Thedéen proves as adept as his colleagues in producing singing tone and velvet pianissimos, and equally sympathetic to the ageing Brahms's elusive blend of resigned melancholy and abiding generosity of invention.

Gramophone Magazine
Young Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst has established himself as a leading soloist, appearing with many of the most important European orchestras and inspiring works from composers including Penderecki. He tends to favour speeds on the fast side in the Trio, which means that the second movement Andante may lack the meditative depth one finds with Thea King on Hyperion but which has an easy flow. The dramatic bite and thrust of the outer movements is enhanced by relatively urgent speeds, with the coda of the first fading away on a ghostly scalic passage.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Clarinet (or Viola) & Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
  • Performers: Martin Fröst (Clarinet); Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Clarinet (or Viola) & Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2
  • Performers: Martin Fröst (Clarinet); Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Clarinet (or Viola), Cello & Piano in A minor, Op. 114
  • Performers: Martin Fröst (Clarinet); Roland Pöntinen (Piano); Torleif Thedéen (Cello)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891
  • Studio/Live: Studio