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Phoenix In Flight / Stoltzman, Trevor, Slovak Rso


Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 5801   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Carl Maria von WeberGiovanni BottesiniClaude DebussyPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Richard StoltzmanRichard Fredrickson
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's so long since I heard Weber's Concertino that I had forgotten just what a delightful miniature it is. And what's more, as a Concertino it doesn't outstay its welcome and it leaves you wanting much more. Stoltzman plays it as if it were a fully blown (no pun intended) Concerto and this makes the music even better for this piece is as fine as any full length work for clarinet and orchestra, such as Weber's own 2nd Concerto. This latter is a more flamboyant work, as befits its Concerto status, and it has much of the opera house to it. The first movement is in the manner of a big aria, with much bravura writing for the soloist, with, on occasion, an almost Rossinian insouciance to it, with a forthright and very exciting orchestral Read more accompaniment – Stoltzman relishes this challenge and really takes on the mantle of the prima donna. The slow movement is a delicate serenade to the beloved, it's a beautiful and sustained song with a more impassioned middle section. The finale is a fun thing, as is to be expected. Stoltzman brings the best of his musicianship to this performance, reveling in the intricacies, enjoying the lyricism, making the work even more enjoyable than one would expect or believe it to be.

Bottesini's Duetto for clarinet and double bass is a delightful piece of fluff, in two sections, the first melodic the second more rhythmic. There's no substance to this music whatsoever but it is strangely enjoyable in a virtuoso way where the playing is more interesting than the music. Debussy's Rhapsodie is a fine piece which has, I believe, been unfairly written off as something merely written for examination purposes and thus not really worthy of our attention. Nothing by Debussy can be ignored by us and this small piece is a tantalising glimpse of a mature Concerto which might have been from this endlessly fascinating composer.

The disk ends with the delicate Tchaikovsky Herbstlied, arranged by Takemitsu, and it is a rather odd bed fellow for the rest of the programme for the feel is neither Tchaikovsky nor Takemitsu, rather a mish-mash which sits uneasily in this programme.

This disk has been assembled from several different sessions and thus the juxtaposition of musics is, I presume, more the accident of what was available rather than any forward planning. Whatever the reason it's quite an attractive collection, and even a piece of little consequence, such as the Bottesini, comes out of the programming very well. Stoltzman is, of course, one of the masters of the clarinet and here we hear him weave his magic and, perhaps, slightly let his hair down, in music which might not necessarily be of the front rank but which is well worth our time. He is very well partnered by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra under the intelligent direction of Kirk Trevor. The sound is very good and this is a welcome change from the kind of hot house virtuoso offerings we so often get from the greatest soloists. Well worth a listen.

-- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concertino for Clarinet in E flat major, J 109/Op. 26 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 
2.
Duetto for Clarinet, Double Bass and Orchestra by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Richard Fredrickson (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
3.
Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
4.
Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, J 118/Op. 74 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 
5.
Les saisons, Op. 37b: no 10, Octobre "Chant d'automne" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Arranger: Toru Takemitsu. 

Sound Samples

Clarinet Concertino in C minor / E flat major, Op. 26, J. 109
Gran duo concertante
Premiere rapsodie
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 74, J. 155: I. Allegro
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 74, J. 155: II. Romanza: Andante - Recitativo - Tempo I
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 74, J. 155: III. Alla polacca
Les Saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b (arr. T. Takemitsu): Les Saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: X. October: Autumn Song (arr. T. Takemitsu)

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