Sonatas for clarinet and piano op. 120 - Johannes Brahms - Lorenzo Coppola - Andreas Staier
The two sonatas for clarinet and piano, composed in 1894, were Brahms’s last chamber works. Knowing that he could count on the virtuosity of their dedicatee, the prodigious clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld (1856-1907), Brahms enthusiastically exploited all the expressive possibilities of the instrument. Under the fingers of Lorenzo Coppola, the clarinet prays, sobs, dreams or laughs, bringing astonishing conviction to all these varied emotions.
The Steinway & Sons concert grand, New York 1875, CM 53 151 was used during this recording.