Lush Clarinet.


Beethoven and Brahms:

  • Clarinet Trios.

I have been playing violin since age 7; thus it is not surprising that my posts are so heavy with violinists, as well as string quartets, and viola music and Cello music.

Today, however, the clarinet is featured in this program of chamber works.

The music ranges from Beethoven’s youthful Trio in B flat major Op.11 (composed 1797 in Vienna), to Weber’s dazzling showpiece titled “Grand Duo Op. 48 for clarinet & piano”, and finally to Brahms’ autumnal Trio A minor Op. 114 (1891), written for clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld.


  • Piano Trio No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 ‘Gassenhauer’, for clarinet, cello & piano, with Clive Greensmith (cello)


  • Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114, with Clive Greensmith (cello)


  • Grand Duo concertant for clarinet and piano, Op. 48

Performed by Jon Manasse (clarinet) ad Jon Nakamatsu (piano)

In this recording, clarinetist Jon Manasse joins forces with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and ex Tokyo String Quartet cellist Clive Greensmith. And the Brahms trio completes Mr. Manasse’s survey of Brahms’ chamber works.

Here is Jon Manasse in the Weber Clarinet Quintet Op 34:



And next, here is the Brahms Clarinet Quintet – I. Allegro:



Tags: Jon Manasse, clarinet, Brahms, Weber, Beethoven, Jon Nakamatsu,pianist, Clive Greensmith, Cellist