Julian Bliss, James Baillieu - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas Op. 120, 4 Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121
Catalogue No.: SIGCD671
Release Date: 7th May 2021
Julian Bliss and James Baillieu present a recording of Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet sonatas, Op. 120 and an arrangement of his 4 Ernste Gesänge, Op.121 arranged by Bliss.
These late works were inspired by the great clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, principal clarinet of the Meiningen Court Orchestra, without whom we would not have had this clarinet repertoire.
Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinettists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young
players as creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument. Julian started playing the clarinet aged four, going on to study at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer, turning professional aged twelve.
Described by The Daily Telegraph as “in a class of his own,” James Baillieu is one of the leading song and chamber music pianists of his generation. He has given solo and chamber recitals throughout
the world and collaborates with a wide range of world-class singers and instrumentalists. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and the Wiener
Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F inor, Op. 120
1. I. Allegro appassionato
2. II. Andante un poco adagio
3. III. Allegretto grazioso
4. IV. Vivace
Vier Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 (arr. Julian Bliss)
5. I. Denn es gehet dem Menschen
6. II. Ich wandte mich, und sahe an alle
7. III. O Tod, o Tod, wie bitter bist du
8. IV. Wenn ich mit Menschen - und mitEngelzungen redete Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120
9. I. Allegro amabile
10. II. Allegro appassionato
11. III. Andante con moto - Allegro