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Weber - Clarinet Concertos

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1523
Release date2006-10-30
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

Classics Today 10/10, highest rating: 'This is an absolutely wonderful disc in every way', Best of the Year Selection 2007; BBC Music Magazine: outstanding.

Like Mozart with Anton Stadler and later Brahms with his Richard Mühlfeld, Carl Maria von Weber could also call upon an exceptional clarinettist: Heinrich Baermann, who inspired all of the works on this disc. Although they were written before Weber had composed Der Freischütz, the opera which made him an instant star of early Romantic music, they are now among his most played works. The Concertino and the two Concertos were all composed in 1811, almost in a frenzy that testifies to the inspiration Weber must have experienced when first hearing Baermann. It’s also audible in the music which showcases the instrument’s technical capabilities and displays its richness of colours, while providing it with gripping moments in aria-like slow movements and virtuosic and vivacious finales. To perform these works an all-round musician is needed: someone like Baermann – or like Martin Fröst! With his latest release on BIS - chamber works by Brahms (BIS-SACD-1353) - Fröst captured the hearts and ears of both audiences and reviewers, as testified by a number of distinctions and by the following quote: ‘[His] smooth, even tone is deliciously seductive, and he can darken or lighten the sound at will, from velvet warmth with a sensitively applied vibrato, to a soaring clarity that never goes louder than lovely … I could write more, but if you'll excuse me, I'd rather like to be seduced all over again.' (Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3: CD Review). Before that, Fröst's take on Mozart's Concerto and Quintet (BIS-SACD-1263) caused similar reactions, for instance in International Record Review: 'Better recorded performances of these towering masterpieces may exist, but I have never heard them. In their technical proficiency, style consciousness and broad, yet never exaggerated emotional range, they shine as major achievements.'
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Weber, Carl Maria von
  Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73 18:30
01 I. Allegro 06:47 $ 1.42 USD
02 II. Adagio ma non troppo 06:14 $ 1.31 USD
03 III. Rondo. Allegretto 05:29 $ 1.15 USD
 
 
  Composer: Weber, Carl Maria von
  Quintet in B flat major, Op.34 (arranged for string
orchestra by Jean-Jacques Kantorow)
22:57
04 I. Allegro 07:00 $ 1.47 USD
05 II. Fantasia. Adagio ma non troppo 05:08 $ 1.08 USD
06 III. Menuetto. Capriccio presto 04:51 $ 1.02 USD
07 IV. Rondo. Allegro giocoso 05:58 $ 1.25 USD
 
 
  Composer: Weber, Carl Maria von
  Concerto No.2 in E flat major, Op.74 21:45
08 I. Allegro 07:56 $ 1.67 USD
09 II. Romanza. Andante 07:26 $ 1.56 USD
10 III. Alla Polacca 06:23 $ 1.34 USD
 
 
  Composer: Weber, Carl Maria von
  Concertino in E flat major, Op.26
11 Concertino in E flat major, Op.26 09:06 $ 1.91 USD
 
  Album total 01:12:18
ComposerWeber, Carl Maria von
ClarinetFröst, Martin
OrchestraTapiola Sinfonietta
ConductorKantorow, Jean-Jacques

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