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Stamitz, Hoffmeister, Pokorny: Clarinet Concertos / Brunner


Release Date: 06/29/2009 
Label:  Tudor Records   Catalog #: 7008   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Wenzel StamitzFranz Xaver PokornyFranz Anton Hoffmeister
Performer:  Eduard Brunner
Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beyond the appeal of the music presented here and the artistry of the musicians, one can learn a great deal about the development of the clarinet by considering these composers, all of whom are relatively neglected. The concerto to Stamitz, for example, is counted as one of the first of its genre and was composed for an instrument with only three keys. Even Hoffmeister's works, composed for clarinets with five or six keys, can hardly be said to compare with contemporary instruments which may have more than seventeen keys. Nevertheless, these works, composed in the mid-eighteenth century, display not only technical virtuosity but, especially in Pokorny's compositions, rich lyricism. That is to say, it is not merely the fact that the clarinet Read more literature is limited or that these works have historical interest that make them important. Rather, the work of Brunner and the Munchener Kammerorchester under Stadlmair bring alive an important period of musical history and focus attention on composers who are, if not neglected, at least not well known to general audiences. One need not be a clarinet aficionado to appreciate the concertos presented here.

-- David Milofsky, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Clarinet in B flat major by Johann Wenzel Stamitz
Performer:  Eduard Brunner (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
2.
Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in E flat major by Franz Xaver Pokorny
Performer:  Eduard Brunner (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Bohemia 
3.
Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in B flat major by Franz Xaver Pokorny
Performer:  Eduard Brunner (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Bohemia 
4.
Concerto for Clarinet in B flat major by Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Performer:  Eduard Brunner (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 

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