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Gems Of The Clarinet

Weber / Mendelssohn / Soames
Release Date: 09/01/2003 
Label:  Clarinet Classics   Catalog #: 10027   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnHeinrich Josef BaermannCarl Maria von WeberLouis Spohr,   ... 
Performer:  Victoria SoamesRoger HeatonJulius DrakeElizabeth [Soprano Vocal] Ritchie,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The re-presentation of A Portrait of Heinrich Baermann (CC0003) and A Portrait of Simon Hermstedt (CC0006) in this newly priced Limited Edition Box Set. Both CDs incorporate both major repertoire and rare gems from the 18th and 19th centuries - an exciting period of development for the clarinet. The Baermann and Weber Quintets sit beside the Spohr Six German Songs and Mozart's Aria from La Clemenza di Tito. In re-presenting both CDs, with a special focus on the repertoire, this Limited Edition, special price box set offers listeners the chance to reacquaint themselves with both masterpieces from the repertoire and lesser known gems including Baermann's Air Varié and Paer's 'Unavoce al cor mi parla'. These are just some of the Read more highlights on this double album. With more than 150 minutes of music, this wonderful collection features masterpieces which will be cherished by any lover of classical music. Press Quote ' What a splendid performance it receives (Weber Quintet). Victoria Soames has a beautifully rounded tone, a sensitive feeling for style, and a seemingly effortless technique.' Musical Times ' Victoria Soames is the star of the disc ..... she performs with style and grace and is able to accompany the soprano where necessary, before stepping in to the lime light herself when needed.' Classic CD Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 113 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Victoria Soames (Clarinet), Roger Heaton (), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
2.
Air varié by Heinrich Josef Baermann
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Victoria Soames (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
3.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat major, J 182/Op. 34 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Victoria Soames (Clarinet), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Germany 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
4.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings no 3 in E flat major, Op. 23 by Heinrich Josef Baermann
Performer:  Victoria Soames (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
5.
Melodie for Clarinet in F major, J 119 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Victoria Soames (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Germany 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
6.
Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 114 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Roger Heaton (), Victoria Soames (Clarinet), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
7.
Songs (6) with Clarinet obbligato, Op. 103 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Elizabeth [Soprano Vocal] Ritchie (), Jennifer Purvis (Piano), Victoria Soames (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 21 Minutes 23 Secs. 
8.
Quartet for clarinet & strings No. 2 in E minor by Iwan Müller
Performer:  Victoria Soames (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
9.
Variations for Clarinet in B flat major on a theme from Alruna, WoO 15 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Victoria Soames (Clarinet), Jennifer Purvis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1809; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10.
Sargino, Ossia L'Allievo dell'Amore: Una voce al cor mi parla by Ferdinando Paër
Performer:  Jennifer Purvis (Piano), Elizabeth [Soprano Vocal] Ritchie (), Victoria Soames (Clarinet)
Period: Classical 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11.
Faust: Ich bin allein by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Jennifer Purvis (Piano), Elizabeth [Soprano Vocal] Ritchie (), Victoria Soames (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813/1852; Germany 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
12.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jennifer Purvis (Piano), Victoria Soames (Clarinet), Elizabeth [Soprano Vocal] Ritchie ()
Period: Classical 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, Eng 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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