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Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 [CD]

Johannes Brahms , JenŲ Jandů Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (1 July 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014CZ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1: I. Allegro appassionatoKalman Berkes 8:19Album Only
Listen  2. Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1: II. Andante, un poco adagioKalman Berkes 5:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1: III. Allegretto graziosoKalman Berkes 4:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1: IV. VivaceKalman Berkes 5:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Clarinet Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2: I. Allegro amabileKalman Berkes 8:14Album Only
Listen  6. Clarinet Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2: II. Allegro, molto appassionatoKalman Berkes 5:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Clarinet Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2: III. Andante con moto - AllegroKalman Berkes 7:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Violin Sonata in A Minor, "F-A-E": III. Scherzo in C Minor, WoO 2 (arr. K. Berkes)Kalman Berkes 5:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 2 Gesange, Op. 91 (arr. K. Berkes): No. 1 Gestillte SehnsuchtTamara Takacs 6:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 2 Gesange, Op. 91 (arr. K. Berkes): No. 2 Geistliches WiegenliedTamara Takacs 5:40£0.89  Buy MP3 

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuneful:Free:Inventive:Inspired 21 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Brahms wrote his two clarinet sonatas near the end of his life and they are often called 'autumnal' music. There is indeed an atmosphere of light slanting through woodland trees here, though perhaps in late summer rather than autumn, as there is no shortage of warmth in these works. However 'autumnal' is often used to describe works in which a composer is looking back and summing up his life's work, whereas here Brahms is looking forward and breaking new ground. These works have a modern edge to them. They are in a similar style to the early 20th century British pastoral composers, for whom Brahms was a major influence. Most obviously they provide the inspiration for Gerald Finzi's popular Clarinet Concerto, which also recieves an excellent performance on Naxos. But there is more to them than that. In the freedom and inventiveness of the lyrical lines given to the clarinet there is something of the character of mid 20th century jazz. Specifically imagine that Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' had been produced by a clarinet player. It would have sounded like some of the music here.
The disc is rounded out with three short pieces. A scherzo which was Brahms' contribution to a sonata produced in collaboration with Schumann and Dietrich and two of Brahm's songs arranged for Mezzo Soprano, piano and clarinet. They are of the same high standard.
The playing is excellent as is the sound: these sound like top notch live performances, due in equal measure to the spontanuity of the musicians and the music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than a 1* rating! 23 Nov 2008
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Boy, what a discrepancy in ratings for this Naxos disc! I've been revisiting my collection of Brahms 'clarinet works' and am listening to the sonatas at the moment w/ Berkes & Jando; I cannot really agree w/ the clarinet being 'out of tune' (the instrument does hit some high registries, though) nor the sound assessment - hearing this recording on my den speakers w/ a decent stereo system. I'd likely rate this disc 4*, but I felt that the overall rating should be higher than the current rank.

Jando is a yeoman 'house' pianist for Naxos, and doubt that he would tolerate a clarinet that was out of tune? BTW, this CD was given a 3* rating in the Penguin Guide w/ excellent comments regarding performance and sound; I also read a number of Fanfare reviews of other recordings of the clarinet sonatas, and the Naxos offering came up several times as an outstanding recommendation. So, for the price the recording remains a good bargain & performance.
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