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Clarinet Concertos / Various


Release Date: 10/05/2018 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95787  
Composer:  Johann Melchior MolterLouis SpohrWolfgang Amadeus MozartMax Bruch,   ... 
Performer:  Henk De GraafMaria du ToitOskar MichallikGiovanni Punzi,   ... 
Conductor:  Marien Van StaalenArjan TienSiegfried KurzVincenzo Milletari,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Amadeus EnsembleCape Town Philharmonic OrchestraStaatskapelle Dresden,   ... 
Number of Discs: 14 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Many of the composers in this set wrote for the clarinet at times when the orchestral status and design of the instrument were still in transition: the 18th century saw the gradual establishment of the clarinet as a more-or-less standard orchestral feature, its range being continually expanded in parallel. Of course, nobody was more aware of these evolutions than clarinettists themselves, who are represented here by two instrumentalist–composers, the Swedish-Finnish Bernhard Crusell, whose three concertos make use of the clarinet’s full range, and Heinrich Baermann, the dedicatee of Weber’s works blessed with a wonderful personal idiom. Other names which may be less familiar to listeners include Charles Villiers Stanford, a leading figure Read more in the late-19th-century renaissance of British music who is often overshadowed by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and Julius Rietz, most closely associated with Mendelssohn, both of whom contribute concertos with clear influences (Brahms and Mendelssohn respectively) that still retain their individuality. Mendelssohn himself is not often associated with the clarinet, but features here via his Concert Pieces for clarinet, basset horn and piano, alongside other unexpected figures such as Rossini and Mercadante (both better known for their operas) and Franz Anton Hoffmeister, most famous as a music publisher. The other multiple-soloist compositions come from the pen of Carl Stamitz, a prolific composer who contributed more than ten concertos featuring the clarinet. Equally prolific was Franz Krommer, whose concertos are among the most unpredictable and imaginative in the set. Also notable for its innovative style is Copland’s concerto, influenced by jazz and written in response to a commission from famous jazz clarinettist Goodman. By contrast, Bruch, despite living through the diverse innovations of the late 18th and early 19th century, remained steadfast and consistent in his compositional approach. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Clarinet no 5 in D major, MWV 6 no 36 by Johann Melchior Molter
Performer:  Henk De Graaf (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Marien Van Staalen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Amadeus Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
2.
Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in A major, MWV 6 no 41 by Johann Melchior Molter
Performer:  Henk De Graaf (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Marien Van Staalen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Amadeus Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
3.
Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in D major, MWV 6 no 28 by Johann Melchior Molter
Performer:  Henk De Graaf (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Marien Van Staalen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Amadeus Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
4.
Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in G major, MWV 6 no 40 by Johann Melchior Molter
Performer:  Henk De Graaf (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Marien Van Staalen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Amadeus Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
5.
Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in D major, MWV 6 no 39 by Johann Melchior Molter
Performer:  Henk De Graaf (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Marien Van Staalen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Amadeus Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
6.
Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in C minor, Op. 26 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Maria du Toit (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Arjan Tien
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1808; Gotha, Germany 
7.
Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in E minor, WoO 20 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Maria du Toit (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Arjan Tien
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Kassel, Germany 
8.
Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, Op. 57 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Maria du Toit (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Arjan Tien
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810; Gotha, Germany 
9.
Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in F minor, WoO 19 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Maria du Toit (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Arjan Tien
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
10.
Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Oskar Michallik (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Siegfried Kurz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Concerto for Clarinet and Viola in E minor, Op. 88 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Giovanni Punzi (Clarinet), Eva Katrine Dalsgaard (Viola)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Milletari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Germany 
12.
Concertino for Clarinet in E flat major, J 109/Op. 26 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Sebastian Manz (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Antonio Mendez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 
13.
Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in F minor, J 114/Op. 73 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Sebastian Manz (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Antonio Mendez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 
14.
Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, J 118/Op. 74 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Sebastian Manz (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Antonio Mendez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 
15.
Concertino for Clarinet, Op. 48/K 247 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Davide Bandieri (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Jonathan Webb
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Di Roma,  Citta Di Prato
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Italy 
16.
Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 by Bernhard Henrik Crusell
Performer:  Per Billman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1803; Sweden 
17.
Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in F minor, Op. 5 by Bernhard Henrik Crusell
Performer:  Per Billman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1808; Sweden 
18.
Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in B flat major, Op. 11 by Bernhard Henrik Crusell
Performer:  Per Billman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Sweden 
19.
Concerto for 2 Clarinets in E flat major, Op. 35 by Franz Krommer
Performer:  Kálmán Berkes (Clarinet), Kaori Tsutsui (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1802; Bohemia 
20.
Concerto for Clarinet in E flat major, Op. 36 by Franz Krommer
Performer:  Kálmán Berkes (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1803; Bohemia 
21.
Concerto for 2 Clarinets in E flat major, Op. 91 by Franz Krommer
Performer:  Kálmán Berkes (Clarinet), Kaori Tsutsui (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Bohemia 
22.
Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in F major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  Kálmán Berkes (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777; Germany 
23.
Concerto for 2 Clarinets in B flat major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  Kálmán Berkes (Clarinet), Tomoko Takashima (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
24.
Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon in B flat major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  Kálmán Berkes (Clarinet), Koji Okazaki (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
25.
Concerto for Clarinet in B flat major, Op. 101 by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
26.
Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in E flat major, Op. 76 by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815 
27.
Concertino for Clarinet in C Minor by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
28.
Sinfonia concertante No. 3 in F Major by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Giuseppe Porgo (Clarinet), Václav Kunt (Flute), Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet),
Jan Schroeder (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
29.
Concerto for Clarinet in B flat major by Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
30.
Sinfonia concertante for 2 Clarinets in E flat major by Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet), Giuseppe Porgo (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra
31.
Concert Piece for Clarinet and Orchestra in G minor by Heinrich Josef Baermann
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Milan Lajcik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
32.
Concertino for Clarinet in C minor by Heinrich Josef Baermann
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Milan Lajcik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
33.
Sonata for Clarinet and Orchestra in D minor/F major by Heinrich Josef Baermann
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Milan Lajcik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
34.
Concertino for Clarinet in E flat major by Heinrich Josef Baermann
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Milan Lajcik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
35.
Concerto for Clarinet in C minor, Op. 31 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Robert Plane (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1949; England 
36.
Concerto for Clarinet in A minor, Op. 80 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Robert Plane (Clarinet)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; England 
37.
Concerto for Clarinet by Aaron Copland
Performer:  David Singer (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Far Cry
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1948; USA 
38.
Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Kevin Banks (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Denmark 
39.
Concerto for Clarinet by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Jean-Marc Fessard (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957 
40.
Concerto for Clarinet by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Eddy Vanoosthuyse (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Sergio Rosales
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
41.
Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Sharon Kam (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
42.
Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 113 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Johannes Peitz (Basset Horn), Sharon Kam (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
43.
Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 114 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Johannes Peitz (Basset Horn), Sharon Kam (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
44.
Concerto for Clarinet in G minor, Op. 29 by August Julius Rietz
Performer:  Sharon Kam (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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