Rencontres Musicales | Brahms & Mozart – The Clarinet Quintets


Throughout the concerts, discover the different facets of Brahms: virtuoso pianist, but also chamber musician and orchestrator of genius.

A new lease on life

For Brahms as for Mozart, the discovery of the clarinet is a strong moment that revives their inspiration. In 1771, Mozart, usually so prolix, composed little. The clarinet was at that time a relatively new instrument which opened vast horizons for him. In 1891, Brahms was an old man covered with glory but very tired. A chance meeting with the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld revealed the technical possibilities of the instrument and gave him the energy to embark on a final creative phase. The clarinet served by two brilliant and contrasting compositions: an unparalleled treat!

Sharon Kam
“A velvety attack, a sound all in roundness and full of warmth where inspired expressiveness and accesses of passion are mixed. A romantic sound in all its perfection. (…) Sharon Kam seems to have transformed her instrument into a human voice. Peter Burske, Postdamer Neueste Nachrichten

For more than twenty years, Sharon Kam has been one of the world’s leading clarinetists. She has been invited as a soloist by the most important orchestras in the United States, Europe and Japan. As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Sharon Kam also collaborates with artist friends such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Daniel Müller-Schott and the Jerusalem Quartet, whose violist is her brother. For the 100th anniversary of Max Reger’s death, Sharon Kam recorded the clarinet quintets of Reger and Brahms in October 2015.

Jerusalem Quartet
“Passion, precision, warmth, a golden mix: these are the hallmarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet.”
New York Times

Since the Jerusalem Quartet’s inception in 1993 and its debut in 1996, the four musicians have embarked on a journey that results in a vast repertoire and a striking depth of expression. The Jerusalem Quartet is a regular and valued guest on the world’s major concert stages. It records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi. In 2020, they released the second album of their Bartók collection.

Jerusalem Quartet
Sharon Kam, clarinet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet for clarinet and strings in A major, K. 581

Johannes Brahms
Quintet for clarinet and strings in B minor, Op. 115

Opening hours

Wednesday 2 August 2023 at 7 pm.
Doors open at 18:30.




Full price: 35 CHF.
Student : 15 CHF
Children -15 years old : Free entrance
Festival pass : 220 CHF (excluding children's concert).

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Église Saint-ThéoduleRue du Village 511874Champéry
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