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Brahms: Clarinet Chamber Music / Campbell, Renzi, et al

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
>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
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Notes & Reviews:

At the end of his career, Johannes Brahms became enthusiastic about an instrument which had been known to the composer for decades as "just" a member of the orchestra: the clarinet. Richard Muhlfeld, the gifted chamber musician and member of the Meiningen Court Orchestra, was the muse for the four late chamber music works of 1891 and 1894 of which the Trio, Op. 114 and the two Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 120 are presented on this SACD. Brahms was often of a melancholy disposition, and these works show a partiality toward the middle, noble register and the expressively "speaking" tone of the clarinet, which the composer insists on for all three of these works. Whereas the Trio has always been a subtly crafted work for connoisseurs, the Sonatas, passionately romantic and rigorous at the same time, became popular immediately with soloists who gratefully added the works to their repertoire. One could say that Brahms ' efforts helped spark a "renaissance" of the clarinet in chamber music. Arthur Campbell has won national and international competitions, and has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. He has been recruited to the Artist-Faculty of Grand Valley State University in Michigan.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
  • Performers: Arthur Campbell (Clarinet); Jean-Pascal Meyer (Piano); Daniel Raclot (Cello)
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (11/07/2005-11/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
  • Performers: Arthur Campbell (Clarinet); Francis Renzi (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (11/07/2005-11/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2
  • Performers: Arthur Campbell (Clarinet); Francis Renzi (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (11/07/2005-11/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894