Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas

Brahms: Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano
Gervase de Peyer / Gwenneth Pryor
Chandos 8563

Contents:

    Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1
  1. Allegro appassionato
  2. Andante un poco Adagio
  3. Allegretto grazioso
  4. Vivace

  5. Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in Eb, Op. 120 No. 2
  6. Allegro amabile
  7. Allegro appassionato
  8. Andante con moto

Perfomers: Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), Gwenneth Pryor (piano)

Playing time: 43'

Recording date: 1982-83 (London)

This has long been my favorite recording. Some people will tell you to get Karl Leister for his tone, which is good I agree, and his recordings are OK, but I still prefer this one for the exquisite phrasing. As you may know, I always put phrasing above tone. I mean, one is the music, and the other is fluff. Plus the tone is good here too.

This recording is a definite choice.

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T. M. McComb