New CD - Bramhs Reinecke Draeseke

From the booklet:

Our idea was to regard “High Romanticism” as a current which contained a wider variety of composers and styles; we wanted to show that Brahms was not the only musician who composed for clarinet and piano, but that there were other contemporaries in German-speaking territories who produced similar works.

As orchestral instruments, the clarinet and the horn are regarded as typically Romantic, and their role in opera repertoire gained in prominence in the course of the 19th century. However, in chamber music things were different: a strange vacuum emerged. Early Romanticism still produced a great deal of chamber music for clarinet: works by Weber, Spohr and Schumann. But relatively little chamber music was written in the period thereafter – until the famous meeting between Brahms and Mühlfeld took place and inspired Brahms to write his sonatas for clarinet and piano. We now asked ourselves: what else is there from that period? The Draeseke sonata was written somewhat earlier, in 1887, and Reinecke’s afterwards. Yet all three belong to that “High Romantic” period. We are attempting to reproduce some of the surrounding atmosphere within which Brahms’s sonata emerged.