After he had actually already laid his quill to rest, the aging Johannes Brahms once again felt impelled to compose by a clarinet soloist. The tonal quality of Richard Mühlfeld must have been so inspiring, so warm, brilliant and glowing, that in the composer’s final years he dedicated four great chamber music works to him, and what wonderful music emanated from the thrilled composer. the complete chamber works with clarinet were recorded by clarinet soloist François Benda and provide an outstanding, technically masterful and probing overview of these late works by Brahms. When was is previously possible to enjoy the bitter-sweet harmonies of the Trio, the mature sweetness of the Quintet, the overwrought strains of the first sonata and the contained poise of the second or heard the final sonata in so concentrated or focused perfection than in this new Genuin production? The great value of the repertoire is only exceeded by the consummate artistry and intensity achieved on this recording. This is a must-have recording for any Brahms connoisseur!