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Weber: Clarinet Concertos, Quintet / Fröst, Kantorow


Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1523   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Martin Fröst
Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


This is an absolutely wonderful disc in every way. Weber's clarinet music is delightful, and it's hard to imagine it being better played or recorded. Martin Fröst has such a supple, liquid timbre that at times you could almost swear there were words behind the notes, especially in the slow movements of all four works. And few soloists manage to bring such an irrepressible feeling of joy to the virtuoso passages that you can hear, say, in the finale of the Second concerto.

Kantorow and the Tapiola Sinfonietta also offer perfect accompaniments: swift, sensitive, texturally
Read more transparent, and rhythmically snappy. The F minor concerto in particular has plenty of passion and drama. The conductor's own transcription of the Clarinet Quintet for string orchestra works beautifully and fills out the disc generously, while the engineering in all formats couldn't be better balanced or fall more easily on the ear. There's no need to go on at length: this is now the reference recording for this music. It defines "state of the art."

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in F minor, J 114/Op. 73 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 
2. Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, J 118/Op. 74 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 
3. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat major, J 182/Op. 34 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Germany 
4. Concertino for Clarinet in E flat major, J 109/Op. 26 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 

Sound Samples

Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73, J. 114: I. Allegro
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73, J. 114: II. Adagio ma non troppo
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73, J. 114: III. Rondo: Allegretto
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34, J. 182 (arr. for clarinet and strings): I. Allegro
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34, J. 182 (arr. for clarinet and strings): II. Fantasia: Adagio ma non troppo
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34, J. 182 (arr. for clarinet and strings): III. Menuetto: Capriccio presto
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34, J. 182 (arr. for clarinet and strings): IV. Rondo: Allegro giocoso
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
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 74, J. 155: III. Alla Polacca
Clarinet Concertino in C minor / E flat major, Op. 26, J. 109

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