Clas­si­cal

BEETHOVEN: CLAR­INET TRIO; WE­BER: GRAND DUO CON­CER­TANTE; BRAHMS: CLAR­INET TRIO

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Jon Manasse (clar­inet), Clive Green­smith (cello), Jon Naka­matsu (pi­ano) ★★★★

Har­mo­nia Mundi HMU 807618

Two of the works here were writ­ten by men in their late 20s. Amer­i­can clar­inet­tist Jon Manasse and his part­ners de­light in the ex­tro­ver­sion of the young Beethoven, bring­ing an almost giddy en­thu­si­asm to what is one of the com­poser’s jol­liest works. And the vir­tu­osic show­man­ship of the We­ber duo is to­tally up their street as well. The trio by Brahms was writ­ten by a man ap­proach­ing 60 who had sworn off com­pos­ing, only to be drawn away from re­tire­ment when he heard the great clar­inet­tist Richard Mühlfeld. The play­ing makes rather heav­ier weather of the Brahms, through a fond­ness for un­der­lin­ing that some­times draws draw more at­ten­tion to it­self than to the mu­sic.url.ie/55ay

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