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Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas Op 120 / Michel Portal, Georges Pludermacher


Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 195904   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Georges PludermacherMichel Portal
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The clarinet occupies a very special and unusual place in the career of Johannes Brahms. By 1890, he had more or less gone into retirement, the flow of new compositions almost completely stopped, but a burgeoning friendship with the great clarinetist Richard Muhlfeld caused him to reconsider, and in the next few years he wrote a trio, quintet, and two sonatas featuring the instrument. These works are his last masterpieces and all have a mellow, resigned, somewhat melancholy quality.
Michel Portal, known for his interpretations of modern music, brings a 20th-century sensibility to the Brahms sonatas. His readings are straightforward, relatively cool, and objectified, underlining the chill in the autumn air of these pieces rather
Read more than their Indian summer glow. However, considerable heat comes from the passionate accompaniment of Georges Pludermacher and, as the piano is a very aggressive partner in the sonatas, there is an interesting fire-and-ice quality to these performances, almost as if one is eavesdropping on a good-natured quarrel between two old friends. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Georges Pludermacher (Piano), Michel Portal (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
2.
Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Georges Pludermacher (Piano), Michel Portal (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 

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