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Johann & Carl Stamitz: Clarinet Concertos / Sabine Meyer


Release Date: 03/06/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 7548422   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl StamitzJohann Wenzel Stamitz
Performer:  Sabine Meyer
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mozart heard clarinets at the Elector Carl Theodor's Mannheim, and longed for them to include in his own symphonies in Salzburg. They add richness to many a symphony composed for the famous orchestra, and (even if Sabine Meyer plays a modern clarinet) these concertos indicate the kind of music that was being written for the instrument. There is none of Mozart's romantic richness here, not even in the slow movements (though the Rornanze of Carl Stamitz's No. 3 is in the manner of Don Ottavio's mio tesoro"); but the elegance, grace and courtesy of the music make easy listening.

Johann Stamitz (1717-57) still has one foot in the baroque. In his opening movement, after the striding bass, dotted rhythms and other baroque
Read more traits, the entry of clarinet tone does indeed, as Markus Schwering's judicious sleeve-note points out, sound surprising. Carl (1746-1801) wrote some dozen clarinet concertos: the three here recorded are amiable works cast in a similar mould—rather simple sonata-style first movement, expressive Romanze or Aria, and nimble Rondo. It is in the slow movements that the most expressive music is found, not surprisingly, with eloquent melodies intended to touch the affections. Mozart was piously disdainful when writing to his father of the behaviour of the Stamitz brothers, as of the clarinettist Joseph Beer who had a hand in some of Carl's works, but they gave him some ideas. And in their own right, played here with a lively appreciation of their worth and of their limits, these concertos can give much pleasure.

-- Gramophone [11/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in B flat major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1781 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Clarinet no 11 in E flat major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Clarinet in B flat major by Johann Wenzel Stamitz
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Concert Halls, Blackheath 
Length: 15 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Clarinet no 10 in B flat major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Concert Halls, Blackheath 
Length: 17 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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