Martin Frost, BRAHMS: Clarinet Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Clarinet Trio

James Jolly

By James Jolly

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Youthful clarinetist takes on Brahms’ autumnal sonatas.

Brahms's music is so often described as autumnal and, yes, it's true that his two clarinet sonatas were written right at the end of his life, inspired by the playing of the great Richard Mühlfeld. Hearing them played by the youthful Martin Fröst is a real joy. Showered with prizes, Fröst is proving to be one of the real stars of today. He's not a player to linger or milk a phrase, instead choosing swift-flowing speeds which help give a young man's feel to these glorious works. There's plenty of drama in the outer movements. The third work is the Clarinet Trio, for which they are joined by Thorleif Thedéen who beautifully matches his partners'youthful urgency.