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Sonatas for Clarinet

J. Brahms Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003EUX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sonata, Op. 120, No. 1 In F Minor: Allegro Appassionato
2. Sonata, Op. 120, No. 1 In F Minor: Andante Un Poco; Adagio
3. Sonata, Op. 120, No. 1 In F Minor: Allegretto Grazioso
4. Sonata, Op. 120, No. 1 In F Minor: Vivace
5. Sonata, Op. 120, No. 2 In E - Flat: Allegro Amabile
6. Sonata, Op. 120, No. 2 In E - Flat: Allegro Appassionato
7. Sonata, Op. 120, No. 2 In E - Flat: Andante Con Moro; Allegro

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Brahms originally conceived this music for clarinet, though he later adapted the pieces for viola. He was inspired by the artistic playing of clarinetist Richard Muhlfeld; he might well have felt the same way about Richard Stoltzman. Sometimes Stoltzman's playing can sound precious--save us all from his New Age recordings!--but here he plays like a great artist, floating the melodic lines up to heaven and never wimping out. In Richard Goode he has a pianist who is certainly an equal partner; strong, impulsive piano playing powers these performances. The disc's low price compensates for the short playing time. --Leslie Gerber

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this Brahms... July 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have both the Harold Wright and Stoltzman CDs of the Brahms Sonatas, and I personally prefer Stoltzman's version (since I'm reviewing Stoltzman, I'll avoid comparison with Wright as much as I can).

Many complain that Stoltzman doesn't get the nuance of Brahms music and that he over-plays... Frankly I don't see it. His playing exudes passion and fury in the more passionate moments of the Sonatas (1st mov. of Sonata 1 and 3rd mov. of Sonata 2 in particular). In the more delicate work (such as Sonata 1, mov. 2), Stoltzman's style (though less subtle than some) is engaging.

The best way I can describe these recordings (and much of Stoltzman's work) is that when I hear him play, I become absorbed in the music. I might admit that there are a few spots where one could argue that his vibrato could be toned down or something else like this, but this minor issues fail to subtract from the overall engrossing experience of listening to his playing. Other players (such as Wright) may play in a more reserved, traditional manner, but I can't get lost in their playing. It usually just leaves me luke warm.

No one CD is perfect, and you could pick apart a passage here or there on any recording by any artist. However, as an overall experience, I don't think you'll hear a more passionate or engaging Brahms than this recording. Those who listen to this recording and spend the whole time nit-picking minor things are missing the big picture (and it's a beautiful one).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stoltzman as a Brahmsian March 24, 2011
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Earlier this month, I drove the 27 miles from Montpelier to the Randolph Chandler Hall to hear Stoltzman perform a selection of works ending with the Opus 120 # 1 Brahms Clarinet Sonata. He had an excellent pianist, Simone Dinnerstein accompanying him. The evening was a spectacular one, with riotous applause from the small but knowledgeable audience. The Brahms piece was played masterfully. As someone said in a review of another of his dics, "Stoltzman is the best clarinet player on the planet right now." Almost all of the members of that audience would have agreed.

I have the Stoltzman - Goode version of the two sonatas. These were recorded when both artists were very young and are both now highly respected artists who have continued to develop musically. But their effort of 30 years ago or so remains a jewel. I have four other versions of these sonatas played on the clarinet and two versions played on the viola. All are good, but the Stolzman - Goode version is the best of the clarinet sets.

Some of the reviewers here are critical of Stoltzman and claim he goes too far. But not everything needs to be played in the classical style of Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven. Remember, the Opus 120 set was composed towards the end of Brahms life. He died in 1897. He is also considered a late Romantic composer. Writing music at the same time and continuing after his death was Gustav Mahler. And Schoenberg came right after. Stoltzman plays these sonatas just right for the time and the style. They are meant to be expressive and powerful pieces and that's the way they sound. I would recommend this set highly. I don't think it can be beat if you love Brahms and you love the Clarinet.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! November 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite recording of the Brahms sonatas. It is certainly more dramatic than most performances, such as the Shifrin/Rosenberger recording. But--and I disagree with other reviewers here--it is never tasteless. I also disagree with other reviewers who quibble over Stoltzman's vibrato. I've played this recording to other musicians, and they overwhelmingly loved it.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stlotzman and Brahms the perfect match! July 5, 1999
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If ever there were a person so in touch with his soul to play beautiful music, he would be Richard Stoltzman. I have never heard such passion, such phrasing as I have with this recording of the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with Goode. A must have for all classical muci lovers, and a standard for the clarinetist.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Performance Lacking in Taste July 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
In these performances, Richard Stolzman offers us phrasing that is so overdone that it is offensive. While I do not favor the bloodlessly cautious interpretations that are to be found in several other recordings of these works, Stolzman goes tastelessly in the opposite direction.
He has a pleasant tone and good intonation, but these are wasted on readings which do Brahms' music a disservice. Richard Goode's work is at a higher level. It is too bad he didn't collaborate with another clarinetist.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these performances of the Brahms sonatas. May 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I am not a musician, much less a clarinet player, and I only know what I like. Listening to the performance of Richard Stoltzman and Richard Goode of these mellow, genially melancholy sonatas, my only thought was how lovely they were, and how in my opinion they did full justice to the autumnal beauty of late Brahms. Therefore looking at the Amazon reviews for this disk, I was shocked to see how many reviewers seem to have it in for Stoltzman. (Question: Why has John Marco been allowed to post two copies of the same review for the past seven years?) I admit I am not competent to compare and contrast Stoltzman's recording of the Brahms sonatas with those of other clarinetists. I only know that, as a casual but ardent fan of classical music, I found this disk wholly satisfactory.
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