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Blue Hour / Ottensamer, Yuja Wang, Jansons, Berlin Philharmonic


Release Date: 03/08/2019 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002959302  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsCarl Maria von WeberFelix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andreas OttensamerYuja Wang
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Austrian clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer joins forces with Chinese pianist Yuja Wang to record an album of works by composers of the Romantic era. Blue Hour features some of the jewels of the Romantic-era repertoire including Brahms’s Intermezzo in A major, Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words – arranged for clarinet and piano by Ottensamer – and Weber’s virtuosic Grand Duo concertant. The album reveals Ottensamer to be not just a sensitive and responsive chamber partner, but also a brilliant soloist, as he gives a dazzling performance of Weber’s First Clarinet Concerto, recorded with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Mariss Jansons.

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REVIEWS:

Perhaps the thrust of this new release should be the
Read more clarinet as human voice. The second movement of Weber’s concerto certainly has the quality of an operatic aria here, Ottensamer pouring liquid gold into the bel canto phrases. The Mendelssohn and Brahms numbers (all but one in arrangements by Ottensamer himself) make for pleasant listening.

– Gramophone

On paper, this looks bitty: Weber’s First Concerto and the Grand Duo Concertant between arrangements of Brahms and Mendelssohn. But Ottensamer is clarinet aristocracy, and his rapport with Wang and his own orchestra, Jansons at the helm, is complete.

– Sunday Times (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 2, Intermezzo in A major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet), Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
2.
Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in F minor, J 114/Op. 73 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 
3.
Songs without words, vol 7, Op. 85: no 6, Alegretto con moto in B flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet), Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
4.
Songs without words, vol 8, Op. 102: no 1, Andante un poco agitato in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet), Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
5.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet), Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
6.
Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30: no 4, Agitato e con fuoco in B minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet), Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1834; Germany 
7.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 3, Andante tranquillo in B flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet), Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
8.
Grand Duo concertante for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, J 204/Op. 48 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet), Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815-1816; Germany 
9.
Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30: no 6, Allegretto in F sharp minor "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet), Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
10.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 2, Allegro leggiero in F sharp minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet), Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
11.
Songs without words, vol 7, Op. 85: no 4, Andante sostenuto in D major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet), Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Charming Works for Clarinet & Piano February 11, 2020 By C. Mankiewicz (Los Angeles,, CA) See All My Reviews "Although flutist Andreas Ottensamer and pianist Yuja Wang are masters of their instruments, as was Mariss Jansons with the Berlin Philharmonic, apart from Von Weber's great Clarinet Concerto #1, the remainder of this disc consists of arrangements of German duets for the soloists which although attractive,are hardly worthy of comment. It's a pity the artists couldn't have found music more challenging and worthy of recording to fill out the disc." Report Abuse
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