Johannes Brahms
John Mahon, clarinet
Corey Hamm, piano
Arktos 200365
Barcode 775020464421

Three masterpieces from Brahms’ maturity are woven into a program showing that the “autumnal” works of the German master were not only mellow or nostalgic. The two superb sonatas for clarinet and piano are matched with the “cradle songs of my sorrows,” as Brahms called his three fascinating intermezzi Op.117. The performance and the repertoire are sophisticated, balanced and moving.

On this recording:
Intermezzo in B flat minor, Opus 117, No. 2, Johannes Brahms
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F minor, Opus 120, No. 1, Johannes Brahms
Intermezzo in E Flat Major, Opus 117, No. 1, Johannes Brahms
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E Flat Major, Opus 120, No. 2, Johannes Brahms
Intermezzo in C Sharp minor, Opus 117, no. 3