Sharon Kam. Christian Ihle Hadland
The "Miss Clarinet" who inspired Johannes Brahms to write his late chamber music works with the wind instrument was in fact a man: Richard Mühlfeld. For this important clarinetist of the Meininger Hofkapelle, however, not only the two Brahms sonatas op. 120 were written, but also the rapturous Romance of Marie Elisabeth of Saxe-Meiningen and even in 1899 the clarinet sonata of the only Brahms student Gustav Jenner. The internationally sought-after clarinetist Sharon Kam stretches the arc even further – to Alban Berg, who emulated the expressionist Arnold Schönberg in his "Four Pieces," and to Witold Lutosławski, who took Béla Bartók as his model in his sparkling "Dance Preludes."