Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

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Brahms: Clarinet Quintet

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet


Brahms:

Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

with Janine Jansen ( violin), Boris Brovtsyn (violin), Maxim Rysanov (viola), Torleif Thedéen (cello)

Die Mainacht, Op. 43 No. 2

transcribed by Martin Fröst for clarinet and piano

with Roland Pöntinen (piano)

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

with Torleif Thedéen (cello) & Roland Pöntinen (piano) Br

Mädchenlied, Op. 107 No. 5

transcribed by Martin Fröst for clarinet and piano

with Roland Pöntinen (piano)

Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer, Op. 105 No. 2

transcribed by Martin Fröst for clarinet and piano

with Roland Pöntinen (piano)

Vergebliches Ständchen, Op. 84 No. 4

transcribed by Martin Fröst for clarinet and piano

with Roland Pöntinen (piano)

Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86 No. 2

transcribed by Martin Fröst for clarinet and piano

with Roland Pöntinen (piano)


Martin Fröst (clarinet)

Johannes Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet is core repertoire, not just for clarinettists but also in the entire chamber music genre. As such, it has been on Martin Fröst’s ‘to-be-recorded list’ for a long time, and when he gathered a dream-team of string players for a concert in Stockholm in February 2013, it was the perfect opportunity for BIS to organize a recording session. Brahms’s Quintet was written in 1891 by a composer who only a year previously had renounced composing, but whose creative urge had been reawakened by his encounter with the leading clarinettist of the time, Richard Mühlfeld. Some 120 years later, Fröst – one of today’s most highly regarded musicians and the recipient of the 2014 Sonning Prize – steps into Mühlfeld’s shoes, in the company of Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Maxim Rysanov and Torleif Thedéen. As a complement to this substantial work – with a duration of almost 35 minutes – Martin Fröst has transcribed six much-loved songs by Brahms, performing them with his chamber music partner of long standing, the eminent pianist Roland Pöntinen. The songs, composed between 1866-1886, range from high lyricism (Die Mainacht) to bitter-sweet nostalgia (Wie Melodien…), via the humourous Vergebliches Ständchen. To these new recordings has been added a substantial ‘bonus’ – Martin Fröst’s performance with Pöntinen and Thedéen of the Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, which Brahms composed for Mühlfeld in the same year as the quintet. Originally released in 2005, the recording of the Trio received a warm welcome, including an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, as well as a ‘Disc of the Month’ on website ClassicsToday.com.

Janine Jansen appears courtesy of Decca Classics.

“Sensuous beauty and taut sinew mingle for an interpretation whose fastidious attention to internal balance and every musical detail result in sovereign excellence, in a sovereign recording. Fröst's control instrumental colour is superfine, intensity of phrases shaped through swell and diminution of sound.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2014

“Fröst revels in the deep-plush velvet of his chalumeau regions - and, indeed, sustains this timbre throughout the instrument's register...the ensemble creates cutting-edge rhythmic urgency, and a sense of real momentum.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 ****

“the way the clarinet and strings listen to each other and tailor their phrasing accordingly is an object lesson in high-class ensemble playing, while the clarinet-and-piano arrangements of the songs, in which Fröst is partnered by Roland Pöntinen, complement the chamber works nicely.” The Guardian, 21st August 2014

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BIS - BIS2063

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Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 2 & Clarinet Trio

Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 2 & Clarinet Trio


Brahms:

Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26

with Ian Brown (piano)

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

with Richard Hosford (clarinet)


Another release on ONYX from “Britain’s premier chamber ensemble” (The Times) completing the piano quartet recordings. Nos 1&3 were released to critical acclaim on ONYX4029.

“...the playing, by Richard Hosford (clarinet), Paul Watkins (cello) and Ian Brown (piano), does...ample justice to the work’s passionate melancholy...The splendid performance of the piano quartet shows the young Brahms’s intellectual power and melodic abundance to magnificent advantage.” Sunday Times, 2nd May 2010 ****

“An account of an early performance of the Trio said it was "as though the instruments were in love with one another" – which could equally fit this recording of the Piano Quartet No 2, such is the effortless mastery of the Nash Ensemble.” The Observer, 9th May 2010

“These are beautifully expressive, thoughtful performances of two unalloyed masterpieces, presented with all the sonic excellence and distinction that we've come to expect from Onyx's series of recording with the Nash Ensemble...The middle movements especially strike me as outstanding, with a wonderful sense of regret and melancholy in the Adagio.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2010 *****

“[this] new recording keeps its wilder emotions suppressed, ever simmering under the surface. It's an approach that works well in late Brahms, especially when the playing is as classy as this: listen to the swirling pianissimo scales that close the first movement - breathtaking.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

Onyx - ONYX4045

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Brahms - Clarinet Quintet & Trio

Brahms - Clarinet Quintet & Trio


Brahms:

Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114


Juan Enric Lluna (clarinet)

Tokyo String Quartet

Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1957048

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Brahms - Piano Trios Volume 4

Brahms - Piano Trios Volume 4


Brahms:

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Piano Trio in A major, Op. posth.


Martin Spangenberg (clarinet)

Abegg Trio

Tacet Abegg Trio - TACET151

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Brahms - Clarinet Sonatas & Trio

Brahms - Clarinet Sonatas & Trio


Brahms:

Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114


Martin Fröst (clarinet), Roland Pöntinen (piano), Torleif Thedéen (cello)

“[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.” (Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3: CD Review).

“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.
That is grossly unfair to a work which, while maybe not on such a grand scale as the Quintet, has over its four compact movements both profundity and charm. BIS, however, has put it with the sonatas, works on a scale closer to the Trio, and an excellent and successful coupling it is.
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 elsewhere 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.
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.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“…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.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2006 *****

“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.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2006

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2006

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - February 2006

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BIS - BISSACD1353

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Brahms: Clarinet Trio & Horn Trio

Brahms: Clarinet Trio & Horn Trio


Brahms:

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40


Andras Schiff (piano)

Members of the New Vienna Octet

Presto CD

Decca - 4101142

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Brahms: The Complete Trios

Brahms: The Complete Trios


Brahms:

Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

Beaux Arts Trio

Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87

Beaux Arts Trio

Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101

Beaux Arts Trio

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

György Sebök, Arthur Grumiaux & Francis Orval

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

George Pieterson, Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler & Bernard Greenhouse


Building a Library

First Choice - October 2004

Decca Duo - 4383652

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Soulmates: Music For Cello, Clarinet, and Piano

Soulmates: Music For Cello, Clarinet, and Piano


Beethoven:

Piano Trio No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 'Gassenhauer', for clarinet, cello & piano

Brahms:

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Radzynski:

Concert Duos


Amitai Vardi (clarinet), Uri Vardi (cello) & Arnon Erez (piano)

Cellist extraordinaire Uri Vardi is one of America’s most revered virtuosos and teachers. In this glowing recording, he is joined by none other than his son, distinguished clarinetist Amitai Vardi, as well as renowned pianist Arnon Erez. All three musicians combine their considerable talents in captivating renditions of two wondrous clarinet trios: Beethoven’s Op. 11 and Brahms’s Op. 114. In a 21st-century addition to these classic trios, father and son come together to create splendid readings of contemporary composer Jan Radzynski’s fascinating Concert Duos. In all, it’s a recording of both classic and contemporary works that will delight and thrill listeners from beginning to end.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Delos - DE3536

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Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music

Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music


Brahms:

Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b

Variations on a theme by Haydn for two pianos, Op. 56b 'St Anthony Variations'

String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88

String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111

Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18

String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36


This release is set to cause quite a stir in a number of ways: It is the first-ever complete video release of Brahms’s chamber music and most of the films presented here are so far unpublished. Moreover, the 15 hours of SD-quality video material presented here on a single Blu-ray disc are equivalent to about eight standard DVD releases. This edition features great performances by today’s most outstanding artists showcasing their thrilling artistry in inimitable performances. A must for any Brahms aficionado.

NTSC - 4:3, 4:3 Letter box

PCM Stereo / DD 2.0 (documentary, workshop)

DE/EN documentary “Wären nicht die Frauen” / “But for women”

Subtitles: DE/EN (workshop for String Quintet)

Region code: All (A1/B2/C3) Region free

Running time: 938 mins

Production years: 1962-1997

EuroArts Classic Archive - 8024264014

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Chamber Music for Clarinet, Piano & Cello

Chamber Music for Clarinet, Piano & Cello


Berg:

Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5

Brahms:

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Weber:

Grand Duo Concertant for clarinet and piano, Op. 48


Anatoly Kamyshev (clarinet), Andrey Gavrilov (piano) & Ivan Monighetti (cello)

Melodiya presents a record of chamber music by German composers performed by leading Russian musicians of the 1980s.

Anatoly Kamyshev received the second award at the 1979 Soviet national contest of wind players; he was a soloist of leading Moscow orchestras, performed with solo and ensemble programmes, including a number of concerts with Sviatoslav Richter at the December Nights festival.

Another years-long friend and ensemble partner of Richter was pianist Andrei Gavrilov. After his convincing victory at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (1974, first award) he became world-famous. He performed with leading orchestras and conductors of the world, at the same time being known as an outstanding ensemble musician.

Cellist Ivan Monighetti was one of the best disciples of Mstislav Rostropovich (at the same 1974 International Tchaikovsky Competition he received the second award). A renowned master of contemporary music performance, he is also known for his interpretations of Baroque and Classical works; romantic music was also abundant in his programmes.

The romantic virtuosity of Carl Maria von Weber’s Grand Duo Concertant is followed by the turbulent, riotous spirit of music by Robert Schumann; then, as another facet of Romanticism, sounds the Trio by Johannes Brahms for clarinet, cello and piano suggesting the melancholy of parting – one of the composer’s last ensembles. The closing

clarinet pieces by the Second Viennese School representative Alban Berg, with all the expressivity of their musical language, show a solid bond with the German romantic tradition.

Recorded in 1982.

Melodiya - MELCD1002242

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