Paul Meyer

Biography

Born: 1965; Mulhouse, France  
Paul Meyer is known for a wide repertory and an interest in modern works for clarinet. He began studying clarinet as a child and made his solo debut with the Symphony Orchestra of the Rhine at the age of 13. He studied at the Paris Conservatory and the Basle, Switzerland Music Academy. In 1982, he was runner-up in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. The same year, he won the Young Artists Competition in New York, which secured him Read more representation of the Young Artists organization and backing for recitals in New York. He came to the attention of the venerable clarinetist Benny Goodman, resulting in an influential and important musical friendship.

Meyer has gone on to an illustrious career. He has played with leading orchestras of Europe, the United States, and Australia with such conductors as Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yehudi Menuhin, Jerzy Maksimiuk, Ulf Schirmer, Heinrich Schiff, David Zinman, and Günther Herbig. He has played with the Emerson, Hague, Cleveland, and Melos string quartets. He is usually accompanied in duo recitals by pianist Eric le Sage, but has also played with pianist Maria João Pires, violinists Isaac Stern and Gidon Kremer, soprano Barbara Hendricks, flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal, and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Meyer's repertory includes the standard works by composers such as Mozart, Brahms, Weber, Nielsen, Copland, and Brahms, but also clarinet works of such lesser-known figures as Pleyel, Krommer, Fuchs, Rolla, Danzi, and the French composers Chausson, Debussy, Milhaud, and Poulenc.

His modern repertory includes music of Stockhausen, Jolivet, Messiaen, Boulez, Morton Gould, and Henze.

He has sought to enlarge the repertory for his instrument. In 1991, he premiered Gerd Kühr's Clarinet Concerto at the Salzburg Festival with the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ulf Schimmer conducting and in 1994 premiered the Clarinet Concerto of Krzysztof Penderecki with the Sinfonia Varsovia, the composer conducting. Meyer prepared a clarinet version of Penderecki's Viola Concerto, which the composer accepted, conducting its world premiere also in 1994. The instrument company Vandoren commissioned Alternatim, a concerto for clarinet and viola by Luciano Berio for him.

Meyer is active in the recording studio, and some of his recordings have won major international prizes. One of his most highly regarded releases is the Denon CD French Clarinet Art with Eric le Sage. He has also recorded for CBS Masterworks, Erato, and AKM and has recorded the tango-oriented work Concerto para quintetto by Astor Piazzolla on the Nonesuch label.

At the turn of the century, Meyer began conducting and secured engagements on the podium with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra, and for a performance of Bizet's opera Carmen. Read less
Debussy: Orchestral Works Vol 7 / Thibaudet, Meyer, Markl, Lyon NO
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572675   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: 1965; Mulhouse, France  
Paul Meyer is known for a wide repertory and an interest in modern works for clarinet. He began studying clarinet as a child and made his solo debut with the Symphony Orchestra of the Rhine at the age of 13. He studied at the Paris Conservatory and the Basle, Switzerland Music Academy. In 1982, he was runner-up in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. The same year, he won the Young Artists Competition in New York, which secured him Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
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Poulenc: Sextet for Piano & Winds, Op. 100: I. Allegro vivace
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano & Winds, Op. 100: II. Divertissement - Andantino
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano & Winds, Op. 100: III. Finale - Prestissimo
Farrenc: Sextet for Piano & Winds in C Minor, Op. 40: I. Allegro
Farrenc: Sextet for Piano & Winds in C Minor, Op. 40: II. Andante sostenuto
Farrenc: Sextet for Piano & Winds in C Minor, Op. 40: III. Allegro vivace
Caplet: Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 8: I. Allegro brillamente
Caplet: Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 8: II. Adagio
Caplet: Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 8: III. Scherzo
Caplet: Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 8: IV. Finale - Allegro con fuoco
Mozart: Quintet for Piano & Winds in E-Flat Major, K. 452: I. Largo - Allegro moderato
Mozart: Quintet for Piano & Winds in E-Flat Major, K. 452: II. Larghetto
Mozart: Quintet for Piano & Winds in E-Flat Major, K. 452: III. Allegretto
Beethoven: Quintet for Piano & Winds in E-Flat Major, Op. 16: I. Allegro, ma non troppo
Beethoven: Quintet for Piano & Winds in E-Flat Major, Op. 16: II. Andante cantabile
Beethoven: Quintet for Piano & Winds in E-Flat Major, Op. 16: III. Rondo - Allegro, ma non troppo
Thuille: Sextet for Piano & Winds in B-Flat Major, Op. 6: I. Allegro moderato
Thuille: Sextet for Piano & Winds in B-Flat Major, Op. 6: II. Larghetto
Thuille: Sextet for Piano & Winds in B-Flat Major, Op. 6: III. Gavotte - Andante quasi allegretto
Thuille: Sextet for Piano & Winds in B-Flat Major, Op. 6: IV. Finale - Vivace
Rimsky-Korsakov: Quintet for Piano & Winds in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro con brio
Rimsky-Korsakov: Quintet for Piano & Winds in B-Flat Major: II. Andante - Fughetta - Andante
Rimsky-Korsakov: Quintet for Piano & Winds in B-Flat Major: III. Rondo - Allegretto
No. 1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
No. 2. Lebhaft, leicht
No. 3. Rasch und mit Feuer
I. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
II. Lebhaft und sehr markiert
III. Tempo, mit zartem Ausdruck
IV. Lebhaft, sehr markiert
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115: I. Allegro
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115: II. Adagio
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115: III. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115: IV. Con moto - Un poco meno mosso
Clarinet Concerto in A major K622: I Allegro
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: II. Adagio
Clarinet Concerto in A major K622: III Rondo (Allegro)
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Assez animé
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Assez vif
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Trés lente
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Animé
Sonatine for flute & clarinet (1961): Andantino
Sonatine for flute & clarinet (1961): Quasi cadenza
Sonatine for flute & clarinet (1961): Intermezzo
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 1- Introduction et marche royale du lion [Andante maestoso]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 2- Poules et coqs [Allegro moderato]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 3- Hémiones (animaux véloces) [Presto furioso]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 4- Tortues [Andante maestoso]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 5- L'éléphant [Allegro pomposo]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 6- Kangourous [Moderato]
Le Carnaval des animaux: No. 7, Aquarium [Andantino]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 8- Personnages à longues oreilles [Tempo ad libitum]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 9- Le coucou au fond des bois [Andante]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 10- Volière [Moderato grazioso]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 11- Pianistes [Allegro moderato]
Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand): No. 12- Fossiles [Allegro ridicolo]
Le Carnaval des animaux: No. 13, Le cygne [Andantino grazioso]
Le Carnaval des animaux: No. 14 - Final [Molto allegro]
1. Liturgie de cristal
2. Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du temps
3. Abîme des oiseaux
4. Intermède
5. Louange à l'Eternité de Jésus
6. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes
7. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du temps
8. Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus
Sonata for Clarinet & Piano: I. Grazioso
Sonata for Clarinet & Piano: II. Andantino
Sonatina for Clarinet & Piano: I. Allegro Con Brio
Sonatina for Clarinet & Piano: II. Andantino
Sonatina for Clarinet & Piano: III. Furioso
Concerto in A, K. 622: I. Allegro
Concerto in A, K. 622: II. Adagio
Concerto in A, K. 622: III. Rondo. Allegro
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73: I. Allegro
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73: II. Adagio Ma Non Troppo
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73: III. Rondo - Allegro
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74: I. Allegro
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74: II. Andante Con Moto
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74: III. Alla Pollaca


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