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More Cohler on Clarinet by Jonathan Cohler, Randall Hodgkinson
'just right,' in the way great performances always are one thinks of Dinu Lipatti...Cohler is a superb clarinetist. --James H. North, Fanfare Magazine, July/August 1994
A gloriously mellow tone...ideal recorded balance...The Brahms is especially fine. BEST CDs of 1994 - 5 stars (Performance/Sound) --Terry Barfoot, BBC Music Magazine, June 1994
Dazzling technique and affecting musicianship...Brahms playing of a high order...another fine release from an admirable young clarinetist. --Max, American Record Guide, July/August 1994
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches; 2.5 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Ongaku Records
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Run time : 59 minutes
- Date First Available : October 1, 2006
- Label : Ongaku Records
- ASIN : B000001Z2F
- Number of discs : 1
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This disc has given me enormous pleasure over the past two months. Although there are many excellent recordings of these works, there is something about these performances that has sunk into my consciousness as being “just right,“ in the way great performances always are—one thinks of Dinu Lipatti or Youri Egorov, or, more appropriately in this repertoire, Reginald Kell. Cohler is a superb clarinetist, although I can't claim that he is any better than a dozen others one might name; he has a lovely tone and has found just the right balance of sentiment and virtuosity here, especially in the Brahms and Schumann, and just the right balances with his partner, the noted Randall Hodgkinson, who adds weight to the interpretations. In the notes, Cohler makes much of his unorthodox use of vibrato on the clarinet; but better-known clarinetists use it these days, with less happy results, as far as I'm concerned. I think Cohler's subtlety in his use of vibrato may be the secret to his success. I should mention that the Poulenc and Milhaud don't impress me quite as much as the German works; Cohler and Hodgkinson can play fast and light (Poulenc) or heavy (Milhaud) as well as they do languid and deep, but other performances have had a Gallic touch that these just miss. Cohler is marvelous in the brief, jazzy Stravinsky solo pieces.
Since this is “More. . .“ , there must have been a “Cohler on Clarinet.“ In Fanfare 16:6, p. 292, Richard Burke admired Cohler's playing of Brahms's F-Minor Sonata, Weber's Grand Duo, and other pieces, but criticized the recording and was dubious about the pianist. I note that Cohler has changed pianists and recording sites since then, obviously for the better; this recording is just fine.