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Baermann: Quintets for Clarinet and String Quartet / Meier, Belenus Quartet


Release Date: 06/16/2017 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 901  
Composer:  Heinrich Josef Baermann
Performer:  Rita Karin Meier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belenus Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Heinrich Baermann is quite well known today as Carl Maria von Weber's source of inspiration. The famous virtuoso, for whom Weber personally created his clarinet concertos, repeatedly took up the pen on his own - and did so with great success. Several dozen works by Baermann have been transmitted to us. Here Rita Karin Meier and the Belenus Quartet turn to his three quintets for clarinet and strings and with them very outstandingly bring back to life his much-acclaimed cantabile playing as well as his legendary virtuosic capabilities. Especially in the Quintet in F minor, Op. 22 Baermann's closeness to Weber cannot be missed. The tempestuous beginning, in which the strings introduce the yearning and urgency of the Allegro non troppo, is pure Read more romanticism from the very start. The magnificent opera scene in the second movement offers Rita Karin Meier outstanding opportunities to display her wonderfully warm tone in all sorts of different shadings. The Adagio of the Quintet Op. 23, which even today is quite frequently performed, acquired unsual fame. After its rediscovery in 1922 it was initially regarded as a work by Richard Wagner - which absolutely certifies its high quality! Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings no 3 in E flat major, Op. 23 by Heinrich Josef Baermann
Performer:  Rita Karin Meier (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belenus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
2.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings no 2 in F minor, Op. 22 by Heinrich Josef Baermann
Performer:  Rita Karin Meier (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belenus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
3.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 19 by Heinrich Josef Baermann
Performer:  Rita Karin Meier (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belenus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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