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Weber: Clarinet Concerto No 1; Rossini, Mozart / Stoltzman


Release Date: 07/20/2009 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 4599  
Composer:  Carl Maria von WeberGioachino RossiniWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman
Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is not a particularly generous collection: it was originally published in 1983 but never previously issued in the UK. It shows Richard Stoltzman, with his succulent tone and infectious bravura (so easily displayed in the finale of the Weber and the very operatic Rossini Variations), at his best, while the Mozart Andante, if it is to be transcribed for clarinet, needs a lighter touch: here the rich, rather deliberate phrasing loses the music's simplicity and charm. In the Weber the orchestral tuttis are somewhat hefty for a group called the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, but this is primarily the effect of the resonant acoustics of the unnamed hall where the recording was made. One tends to think of Weber's concertos as being rather Read more more than halfway between the classical and romantic traditions; here the romanticism is very much in the ascendent. But overall the performance of the F minor Concerto combines a lively impetus in the outer movements with warmth in the Adagio whilst the orchestra—notably the horns—add much to the listener's enjoyment.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [10/1989, reviewing RCA 60035]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in F minor, J 114/Op. 73 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 
2. Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
3. Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C major, K 315 (285e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 

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