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Francaix, Mozart: Concertos Pour Clarinette

Francaix / Mozart / Chmura / Martinez
Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Maguelone   Catalog #: 111103   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartJean Françaix
Performer:  Radovan Cavallin
Conductor:  Gabriel ChmuraErnest Martinez
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

FRANÇAIX Clarinet Concerto 1. MOZART Clarinet Concerto 2 Radovan Cavallin (cl); 1 Gabriel Chmura, cond; 2 Ernest Martinez, cond; Gran Canaria PO MAGUELONE 111.103 (51:22) Live: Las Palmas 1991 & 1993

This disc gets of to a rousing start with a light, airy Read more performance of Jean Françaix’s pretty little slip of a Clarinet Concerto. Cavallin practically dances through the music, using a light, thin tone à la Reginald Kell and absolutely impeccable technique. In addition, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria plays with equal lightness and wit under conductor Chmura.

In the same vein, Cavallin’s performance of the Mozart Concerto is also light and skimming. Both soloist and orchestra hew fairly closely to historically-informed performance practice; you will find nothing in this recording to remind you even remotely of the Benny Goodman-Charles Munch recording of the late 1950s. To me, this is a shame, as it robs the Concerto of some contrast, but as I say, HIP fanciers will absolutely adore it. It is certainly a legitimate way to perform this work nowadays, and I must give high praise to Cavallin for his wonderfully poetic reading of the second movement.

The back of the CD box insert identifies these as live recordings, but no applause is heard and no dates are in the booklet. At the bottom of the box insert in miniscule print, however, it says “enregistrements 91 & 93,” which I hope refers to 1991 and 1993. Since no venue is given, I am also assuming that these performances took place in the Canary Islands, which is the home of this particular orchestra. Any information from readers better informed than I, however, will be appreciated. In short, a good disc for clarinet fanciers.

FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Radovan Cavallin (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura,  Ernest Martinez
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1991/93 
Length: 28 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Concerto for Clarinet by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Radovan Cavallin (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura,  Ernest Martinez
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; France 
Date of Recording: 1991/93 
Length: 22 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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