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Martin Frost Plays Brahms

Brahms
Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2063  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roland PöntinenMartin FröstTorleif ThedéenJanine Jansen,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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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.

– Gramophone [7/2014]

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
Read more 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.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano), Martin Fröst (Clarinet), Torleif Thedéen (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
2.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Janine Jansen (Violin), Torleif Thedéen (Cello), Martin Fröst (Clarinet),
Roland Pöntinen (Piano), Boris Brovtsyn (Violin), Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
4.
Songs (5), Op. 107: no 5, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Austria 
5.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 2, Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
6.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
7.
Songs (4), Op. 43: no 2, Die Mainacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
8.
Romances and Songs (5), Op. 84: no 4, Vergebliches Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 

Sound Samples

Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: I. Allegro
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: II. Adagio - Piu lento
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: III. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: IV. Con moto
4 Gesange, Op. 43: No. 2. Die Mainacht (arr. M. Frost for clarinet and piano)
5 Lieder, Op. 107 (arr. M. Frost for clarinet and piano): 5 Lieder, Op. 107: No. 5. Madchenlied (arr. M. Frost for clarinet and piano)
5 Lieder, Op. 105 (arr. M. Frost for clarinet and piano): No. 2. Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer
5 Lieder, Op. 105 (arr. M. Frost for clarinet and piano): No. 1. Wie Melodien zieht es mir
5 Romanzen und Lieder, Op. 84 (arr. M. Frost for clarinet and piano): 5 Romanzen und Lieder, Op. 84: No. 4. Vergebliches Standchen (arr. M. Frost for clarinet and piano)
6 Lieder, Op. 86 (arr. M. Frost for clarinet and piano): 6 Lieder, Op. 86: No. 2. Feldeinsamkeit (arr. M. Frost for clarinet and piano)
Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: I. Allegro
Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: II. Adagio
Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: III. Andantino grazioso
Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: IV. Allegro

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