Brahms Chamber Music.

Johannes Brahms:

  • Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2
  • Clarinet Trio

Johannes Brahms wrote some wonderful chamber music! Violin and piano sonatas; Cello sonatas; Clarinet/Viola sonatas; and then there are all the string quartets, quintets, and sextets.

I have played some of these, and I always enjoy the interplay between the various instruments.

On this CD, we hear the following:


  • Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38
  • Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
  • Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114, with Fabio di Càsola (clarinet)

Performed by Ophélie Gaillard (cello) and Louis Schwizgebel-Wang (piano)

In 1890, aged only 57, Brahms had planned to give up composing. but he had a meeting with the German clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld, and that meeting caused Brahms to get back to additional composition work. He subsequently added four works for clarinet to his portfolio, including this Trio Op. 114.

The pianist in the clarinet trio is Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, who was awarded 2nd prize at the Leeds Piano Competition 2012.

Here is the Brahms Cello Sonata n°1, as performed by cellist Mischa Maisky:



And next, here is the Brahms Cello Sonata in F, with Jian Wang, cello, and Emanuel Ax, piano:



Finally, here is the amazing Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor op.114; the artists are: Martin Fröst clarinet, Clemens Hagen cello, and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano.

Clemens Hagen is the cellist of the Hagen Quartet; what wonderful music making this is!!



Tags: Johannes Brahms, Cello sonatas, Clarinet Trio, Ophélie Gaillard

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