Sharon Kam. Christian Ihle Hadland
Brahms: the soulful voice

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."

Sharon Kam


Christian Ihle Hadland


Marie Elisabeth von Sachsen-Meiningen
Romance in F major

Johannes Brahms
Sonata No. 1 for clarinet and piano in F minor op. 120/1

Alban Berg
Four pieces for clarinet and piano op. 5

Gustav Jenner
Sonata in G major for clarinet and piano op. 5

Witold Lutosławski
Dance Preludes (1954)

#9 Genau jetzt - Sharon Kam on Brahms' Clarinet Quintet
29. 1. 2024   Podcast

Playing this work is like an embrace, says clarinettist Sharon Kam. Johannes Brahms wrote his quintet a few years before his death. Is it a "melancholy look back at life", as his friend Max Karlbeck believed? Sharon Kam talks to host Maria about the special mixture of hope and sadness, about magical moments and colors.

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