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Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns, Bernhard Henrik Crusell

Cyprien Katsaris / Katrin Hagen

Works for Clarinet & Piano

  • Type CD
  • Label Piano 21
  • UPC 3760051450595
  • Catalog number P21 053
  • Release date 14 August 2015

About the album

In this recording, Cyprien Katsaris presents the young German-Luxembourgish clarinettist Katrin Hagen.
In 1891, Johannes Brahms was so moved, hearing the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld in Meiningen playing the Mozart and Weber concertos, that he decided to compose a trio and a quintet with strings for this instrument, followed in 1894 by his two Sonatas for Clarinet (or Viola) and Piano, op. 120; they were to be his last instrumental works. Brahms had truly been beguiled by the clarinet, and it may come as no surprise to learn that he composed these four pieces for “Fräulein Klarinette”. This CD features the lyrical yet intimate Sonata in F minor, op. 120 no. 1.
Just like Brahms in the evening of his life, Camille Saint-Saëns wrote his Sonata for Clarinet, op. 167 just a few months prior to his death. His writing for the piano had become spare for some years past with the consequence that it is not any longer virtuoso. This Sonata, dedicated to Auguste Périer, professor at the Conservatoire and soloist in the Opéra Comique Orchestra, makes wondrous use of every last resource of the clarinet.
A virtuoso musician who helped popularise the works of Mozart and Beethoven, the Finnish clarinettist Bernhard Henrik Crusell composed a host of chamber works, chiefly for the clarinet. His seven concertante works include three clarinet concertos. Concerto no. 3 in B flat major, op. 11 (1807?) starts with two movements similar in style to Weber and Mozart, while the third movement Alla Polacca is a distinct nod towards the finale Rondo alla Polacca of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.

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    Clarinet Sonata in F minor, op. 120 no. 1 I. Allegro appassionato
     
    07:42
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    Clarinet Sonata in F minor, op. 120 no. 1 II. Andante un poco adagio
     
    04:09
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    Clarinet Sonata in F minor, op. 120 no. 1 III. Allegretto grazioso
     
    04:13
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    Clarinet Sonata in F minor, op. 120 no. 1 IV. Vivace
     
    04:50
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    Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, op. 167 I. Allegretto
     
    03:54
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    Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, op. 167 II. Allegro animato
     
    02:22
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    Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, op. 167 III. Lento
     
    03:32
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    Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, op. 167 IV. Molto allegro
     
    05:02
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    Clarinet Concerto no. 3 in B flat major, op. 11 I. Allegro risoluto
     
    10:19
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    Clarinet Concerto no. 3 in B flat major, op. 11 II. Andante moderato
     
    05:13
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    Clarinet Concerto no. 3 in B flat major, op. 11 III. Alla Polacca
     
    07:53

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