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Clarinet Xx - Debussy, Berio, Et Al / Klöcker, Arnold

Release Date: 08/26/2003 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47585   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Max RegerClaude DebussyWitold LutoslawskiLuciano Berio,   ... 
Performer:  Dieter KlöckerThomas DuisKayako TakaeSandra Arnold
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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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 Read more 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

Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 3 in B flat major, Op. 107 by Max Reger
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet), Thomas Duis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Germany 
Premičre Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet), Kayako Takae (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Dance Preludes (5) for Clarinet and Piano by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet), Kayako Takae (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Poland 
Lied for Clarinet solo by Luciano Berio
Performer:  Sandra Arnold (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; Italy 
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B flat major by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet), Kayako Takae (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Switzerland 

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