Brahms and Rózsa: Clarinet Sonatas – Jean Johnson, Steven Osborne
The husband-and-wife team of the clarinettist Jean Johnson and pianist Steven Osborne comes together for a recording of Brahms’s popular Clarinet Sonatas, uniquely paired with the more rarely heard sonatas for solo clarinet by Miklós Rózsa, in which Johnson steps into the spotlight on her own. Brahms conceived a special appreciation for the clarinet only late in his career – his two Sonatas were the last chamber works he wrote. The Hungarian-born Rózsa, known universally for his Oscar-winning scores to such movies as Spellbound and Ben-Hur, was equally admired for his classical compositions which were championed by the likes of Heifetz and Piatigorsky. His two works for solo clarinet spanned thirty-five years, both written after he had settled in Hollywood, the latter just two years before his death.