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Clarinet Sonatas
Johannes Brahms / Miklós Rózsa
Jean Johnson / Steven Osborne

Clarinet Sonatas

CD | Avie | 0822252231120 | AV 2311 | 07-14

About the album


Husband-and-wife team clarinettist Jean Johnson and pianist Steven Osborne come together for a recording of Brahms’ popular Clarinet Sonatas, uniquely paired with the rarer ones by Miklós Rózsa, in which Johnson steps into the spotlight on her own. Brahms’ appreciation for the clarinet came late in his career – his two Sonatas were the last chamber works he wrote. The Hungarian-born Rózsa, known universally for his Oscar-winning scores to such movies as Spellbound and Ben-Hur, was equally admired for his classical compositions which were championed by the likes of Heifetz and Piatigorsky. His two works for solo clarinet spanned 35 years, both written after he’d settled in Hollywood, the latter just two years before his death.

Jean Johnson is an avid chamber musician. In addition to performing regularly with her husband, Steven Osborne, she has collaborated with leading musicians in the world’s foremost venues, including pianist Barry Douglas at Carnegie Hall and on the “Bridge” contemporary music series at Lincoln Center. 

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op.120, No. 1
      I. Allegro appassionato
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 2
      Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op.120, No. 1
      II. Andante un poco adagio
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 3
      Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op.120, No. 1
      III. Allegretto grazioso
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 4
      Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op.120, No. 1
      IV. Vivace
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 5
      Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat, Op. 120, No. 2
      I. Allegro amabile
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 6
      Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat, Op. 120, No. 2
      II. Allegro appassionato – Sostenuto – Tempo I
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 7
      Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat, Op. 120, No. 2
      III. Andante con moto – Allegro
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 8
      Sonata for solo clarinet, Op. 41
      I. Allegro con spirit
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 9
      Sonata for solo clarinet, Op. 41
      II. Andante semplice
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 10
      Sonata for solo clarinet, Op. 41
      III. Allegro capriccioso
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 11
      Sonatina for solo clarinet, Op. 27
      I. Tema con variazioni
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
    • 12
      Sonatina for solo clarinet, Op. 27
      II. Vivo e giocoso
       
      Composer: Brahms, Johannes, Miklós Rózsa
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