Husband-and-wife team clarinetist Jean Johnson and pianist Steven Osborne
come together for a recording of Brahms popular Clarinet Sonatas, uniquely
paired with the rarer ones by Miklós Rózsa in which Johnson steps into
the spotlight on her own. Brahms appreciation for the clarinet came 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 35 years, both written after he d
settled in Hollywood, the latter just two years before his death. Jean Johnson
is an avid chamber musician. In addition to performing regularly with her
husband Steven Osborne, she has collaborated with leading musicians in the
world s foremost venues, including pianist Barry Douglas at Carnegie Hall
and on the Bridge contemporary music series at Lincoln Center.