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Mozart, Debussy, Takemitsu / Meyer, Abbado, Berlin Po


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56832   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartClaude DebussyToru Takemitsu
Performer:  Sabine Meyer
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sabine Meyer's clarinet has charmed audiences all over the world. Here along with the Berlin Philharmonic, she performs a program of winsome classics.
Throughout her career, Meyer has shown an affinity for Mozart, and her performance of his Clarinet Concerto in A seals her reputation. The last of the composer's orchestral pieces, it is among his most majestic. Meyer plays a basset-horn rather than a standard clarinet, giving her the extended range required. The live recording lends the proceedings an extra air of immediacy, adding to the excitement.
The studio recordings of Debussy and Takemitsu are no less charming. 'Première Rapsodie' is an intimate affair, spotlighting Meyer's mellifluous tones. Gentle as a breeze, the melody
Read more flows, woodwinds and strings subtlety building to a crescendo of brass.
Takemitsu's 'Fantasma/Cantos' swells with dreamlike rhythms. Its ethereal harmonies continue with the peaceful style of the album while providing an unmistakable turn toward the contemporary. At ease with music of all ages, Meyer finds the common thread of serenity and beauty in each of these pieces.
REVIEWS:
American Record Guide (5-6/00, pp.160-61) - "...Abbado's Mozart with the Berlin Philharmonic is light, buoyant, and supremely balanced...The Debussy too is so subtly performed that...[i]t's by far the sweetest performance of the Rhapsody I've ever heard..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 26 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Fantasma/Cantos by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; Japan 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Clarinet Concerto in A K622: I. Allegro
Clarinet Concerto in A K622: II. Adagio
Clarinet Concerto in A K622: III. Rondo (Allegro)
Première Rhapsodie
Fantasma/Cantos

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