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Brahms, Mendelssohn & Schumann

Brahms Clarinet Sonatas in F minor Op.120 Nos.1 & 2, Mendelssohn Sonata in E-Flat major and Schumann Phantasiestücke Op.73

Emma Johnson with John Lenehan

Nimbus Alliance NI 6153

Emma Johnson has put down an impeccable studio recording of the Brahms sonatas. Immaculate playing over 3 days in January 2011, but a little short on ambience and atmosphere.

Most interesting to me was the inclusion of the 15 year old child prodigy Mendelssohn's sonata; more precociously talented than Mozart of the age. Emma Johnson felt it necessary to add some ornamentation to the clarinet part to match the flurries of bravura piano!

Really we need recordings of all this music on period instruments; any takers?

Peter Grahame Woolf