A subtly shifting balance
I have always loved Johannes Brahms’s clarinet sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 and was therefore delighted to see pianist Jon Nakamatsu’s name on a new recording of these works with another h-less Jon's, clarinetist Jon Manasse's.
In Sunday’s New York Times, James Oestreich describes the appeal of the Brahms thus: “the clarinet and the piano are thoroughly, sensuously intertwined in a subtly shifting balance.” If you listen, you'll know exactly what he means.
(Scroll down for the full review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/arts/music/13reco.html?_r=...)
Mr. Nakamatsu’s polished performance of Gershwin’s music with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra earned high marks from critics and, at one point, a #3 spot on the Billboard magazine sales ranking in 2007. He's scheduled to appear locally during the Canandaguia Lake Chamber Music Festival, August 21-31, 2008.
Link to the harmonia mundi CD: