Notes and Editorial Reviews
Judging from clarinetist Dieter Klocker's technique, it comes as no surprise that he's highly regarded as a teacher. He cultivates a smooth and focused sonority, impeccable intonation, superb breath control, and effortless facility. His rhythmic acuity particularly comes across in the energetically projected Lutoslawski dances and the Hindemith Sonata, where he clearly differentiates the quickly changing duple and triple patterns. Debussy's Premiere Rhapsody has more fiber and forward propulsion than usual, although some listeners may prefer more sensual inflection and spacious atmosphere (David Shifran's gorgeous performance on Delos comes to mind). Likewise, I sense that pianist Thomas Duis gives in more to Reger's frequent espressivo and
agitato directives in the huge Op. 107 sonata than the cooler Klocker is willing to concede (for a more likeminded partnership, try Ib Hausmann and Nina Tichman on Hänssler).
Klocker graciously hands over the solo spot to his student Sandra Arnold, whose acerbic, woody tone suits the introspective qualities of Berio's 1983 Lied. The resonant engineering is not always well balanced: in softer passages pianist Tayako Takae's solid contributions in the Lutoslawski, Debussy, and Hindemith selections register too distantly, whereas Duis' loudest playing in the Reger overly dominates. For this reason, I prefer the more judicious balances and incisive artistry distinguishing the Meyer/Kontarsky Hindemith and Lutoslawski performances on EMI (out of print, but worth seeking out). In any event, clarinet fans will gain substantial satisfaction from this expertly programmed release.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Lied for Clarinet solo by Luciano Berio
Sandra Arnold (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1983; Italy
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