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J.x. Lefevre: Clarinet Quartets And Sonatas

Lefevre / Brunner / Schlichtig / Yang / Oetiker
Release Date: 11/16/2010 
Label:  Tudor Records   Catalog #: 7150   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Xavier Lefèvre
Performer:  Eduard BrunnerWenn-Sinn YangHariolf SchlichtigAna Chumachenco,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Expressive, graceful, beautifully crafted.

As the fine essay in the CD booklet explains, Lefèvre was a very conservative composer; in some respects he was less a composer than a clarinettist and pedagogue who wrote music to elaborate his teachings. In fact, he retired from composing well before he turned fifty, already having said what he wanted to say, with a body of works that included seven clarinet concertos, 21 clarinet sonatas, and over 150 clarinet duos, mostly for two clarinets.
 
Lefèvre's innovations lay in technique, rather than music. It would be wrong, therefore, to come to this disc expecting to hear the fireworks associated with Weber, for example. What you get instead
Read more are a series of expressive, graceful, beautifully crafted miniatures - most of the individual movements are only two or three minutes long, with the rondo finale of the op. 12 no.1 Sonata lasting a little over a minute. There is elegance, wistfulness, restraint and humour in abundance, all in accordance with the principles Lefèvre expounded in his widely published and far-reaching method.
 
The Clarinet Quartets are the more substantial works. Lefèvre wrote them for clarinet, violin, viola and, rather quaintly, basso - here supplied by Wen-Sinn Yang's able cello. They are reminiscent of those of Krommer and Crusell, and - allowing for the change of instrument - the flute quartets of Hoffmeister, all of whom are approximate contemporaries - Crusell was in fact a pupil of Lefèvre's, such was the latter's reputation.
 
The op. 12 works were published as Three Grand Sonatas around 1805, and were composed for clarinet and, again, continuo, played and partly improvised here on the piano by Adrian Oetiker.
 
A hugely experienced, multinational cast of musicians has been assembled for this disc, and it is difficult to fault any of their playing, either individually or as an ensemble. The recording is very good, although the clarinet keys do clatter a bit at times, and Brunner does take quite extravagant breaths in places; both noises are particularly noticeable in the sonatas.
 
Tudor have previously released Lefèvre's four other extant clarinet quartets, as well as three of the seven clarinet concertos (Tudor 7098). Together with this disc they give a fine overview of an interesting musician.
 
-- Byzantion, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Clarinet Quartet No. 5 in E flat major by Xavier Lefèvre
Performer:  Eduard Brunner (Clarinet), Wenn-Sinn Yang (Cello), Hariolf Schlichtig (Viola),
Ana Chumachenco (Violin)
Date of Recording: 03/2005-06/2005 
Venue:  Musikhochschule München, Grosser Saal 
Length: 15 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Clarinet Quartet No. 6 in B flat major by Xavier Lefèvre
Performer:  Hariolf Schlichtig (Viola), Wenn-Sinn Yang (Cello), Eduard Brunner (Clarinet),
Ana Chumachenco (Violin)
Date of Recording: 03/2005-06/2005 
Venue:  Musikhochschule München, Grosser Saal 
Length: 16 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for clarinet & piano in B flat major, Op. 12/1 by Xavier Lefèvre
Performer:  Eduard Brunner (Clarinet), Adrian Oetiker (Piano)
Date of Recording: 04/01/2007 
Venue:  Musikhochschule München, Grosser Saal 
Length: 9 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for clarinet & piano in E flat major, Op. 12/2 by Xavier Lefèvre
Performer:  Eduard Brunner (Clarinet), Adrian Oetiker (Piano)
Date of Recording: 04/01/2007 
Venue:  Musikhochschule München, Grosser Saal 
Length: 10 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for clarinet & piano in B flat major, Op. 12/3 by Xavier Lefèvre
Performer:  Eduard Brunner (Clarinet), Adrian Oetiker (Piano)
Date of Recording: 04/01/2007 
Venue:  Musikhochschule München, Grosser Saal 
Length: 8 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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