Clarinet Concertos

Clarinet Concertos
Artist Various artists
Format 14 CD
Cat. number 95787
EAN code 5028421957876
Release September 2018

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Many of the composers in this set wrote for the clarinet at times when the orchestral status and design of the instrument were still in transition: the 18th century saw the gradual establishment of the clarinet as a more-or-less standard orchestral feature, its range being continually expanded in parallel.

Of course, nobody was more aware of these evolutions than clarinettists themselves, who are represented here by two instrumentalist–composers, the Swedish-Finnish Bernhard Crusell, whose three concertos make use of the clarinet’s full range, and Heinrich Baermann, the dedicatee of Weber’s works blessed with a wonderful personal idiom.

Other names which may be less familiar to listeners include Charles Villiers Stanford, a leading figure in the late-19th-century renaissance of British music who is often overshadowed by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and Julius Rietz, most closely associated with Mendelssohn, both of whom contribute concertos with clear influences (Brahms and Mendelssohn respectively) that still retain their individuality.

Mendelssohn himself is not often associated with the clarinet, but features here via his Concert Pieces for clarinet, basset horn and piano, alongside other unexpected figures such as Rossini and Mercadante (both better known for their operas) and Franz Anton Hoffmeister, most famous as a music publisher. The other multiple-soloist compositions come from the pen of Carl Stamitz, a prolific composer who contributed more than ten concertos featuring the clarinet. Equally prolific was Franz Krommer, whose concertos are among the most unpredictable and imaginative in the set.

Also notable for its innovative style is Copland’s concerto, influenced by jazz and written in response to a commission from famous jazz clarinettist Goodman. By contrast, Bruch, despite living through the diverse innovations of the late 18th and early 19th century, remained steadfast and consistent in his compositional approach.

The history of the Clarinet concertos goes back to the middle of the 18th century, when the instrument got its prominent solo place in the orchestra. The present-day form of the clarinet is derived from the Chalumeau, a folk instrument played by shepherds. Technical improvements by Denner, Boehm and Klosé gave it its modern form. Ever since its multi faced timbre, from soothingly murmuring to nervously chattering, has won a large popularity and has inspired many composers to write extensively for it.
This 14-disc set encompasses the full spectrum of concertante clarinet writing: an extensive collection of Clarinet Concertos, from the very first concertos by Molter, the most famous one by Mozart, Hoffmeister, Baermann, Stamitz, Krommer, Crusell, Mercadante, Rietz, Rossini, Bruch, Weber, Stanford, and well into the 20th century with Hindemith, Busoni, Finzi, Copland and Tansman.
Played by world renowned clarinetist like Dieter Klöcker, Sharon Kam, Kálmán Berkes, Davide Bandieri, Maria du Toit and Giovanni Punzi.
Another treasure trove in the successful series of Brilliant Classics instrument Boxes! Previous boxes featured the oboe, trumpet, flute and horn.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Clarinet Concerto No. 5 in D Major, MWV 6.36: I. Allegro
  2. Clarinet Concerto No. 5 in D Major, MWV 6.36: II. Andante
  3. Clarinet Concerto No. 5 in D Major, MWV 6.36: III. Tempo di menuetto
  4. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in A Major, MWV 6.41: I. Moderato
  5. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in A Major, MWV 6.41: II. Largo
  6. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in A Major, MWV 6.41: III. Allegro
  7. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in D Major, MWV 6.38: I. Moderato
  8. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in D Major, MWV 6.38: II. Largo
  9. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in D Major, MWV 6.38: III. Allegro
  10. Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in G Major, MWV 6.40: I. Moderato
  11. Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in G Major, MWV 6.40: II. Adagio
  12. Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in G Major, MWV 6.40: III. Allegro
  13. Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in D Major, MWV 6.39: I. Moderato
  14. Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in D Major, MWV 6.39: II. Adagio
  15. Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in D Major, MWV 6.39: III. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 26: I. Adagio – Allegro
  2. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 26: II. Adagio
  3. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 26: III. Rondo. Vivace
  4. Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, WoO 20: I. Allegro vivace
  5. Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, WoO 20: II. Larghetto
  6. Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, WoO 20: III. Rondo al espagnol

Disk 3

  1. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 57: I. Allegro
  2. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 57: II. Adagio
  3. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 57: III. Rondo alla polacca
  4. Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in F Minor, WoO 19: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in F Minor, WoO 19: II. Adagio
  6. Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in F Minor, WoO 19: III. Vivace non troppo

Disk 4

  1. Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: I. Allegro
  2. Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: II. Adagio
  3. Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: III. Rondo. Allegro
  4. Double Concerto in E Minor, Op. 88: I. Andante con moto
  5. Double Concerto in E Minor, Op. 88: II. Allegro moderato
  6. Double Concerto in E Minor, Op. 88: III. Allegro molto

Disk 5

  1. Concertino in E-Flat Major, Op. 26
  2. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73: I. Allegro
  3. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73: II. Adagio ma non troppo
  4. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73: III. Rondo. Allegretto
  5. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74: I. Allegro
  6. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74: II. Romanza. Andante
  7. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74: III. Alla polacca
  8. Concertino in B-Flat Major, Op. 48, BV 276

Disk 6

  1. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro
  2. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1: II. Adagio
  3. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1: III. Rondo. Allegretto
  4. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 5: I. Allegro
  5. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 5: II. Andante pastorale
  6. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 5: III. Rondo. Allegretto
  7. Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 11: I. Allegro risoluto
  8. Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 11: II. Andante moderato
  9. Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 11: III. Alla polacca

Disk 7

  1. Concerto for 2 Clarinets in E-Flat Major, Op. 35: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto for 2 Clarinets in E-Flat Major, Op. 35: II. Adagio
  3. Concerto for 2 Clarinets in E-Flat Major, Op. 35: III. Rondo
  4. Clarinet Concerto in E-Flat Major, Op. 36: I. Allegro
  5. Clarinet Concerto in E-Flat Major, Op. 36: II. Adagio
  6. Clarinet Concerto in E-Flat Major, Op. 36: III. Rondo
  7. Concerto for 2 Clarinets in E-Flat Major, Op. 91: I. Allegro
  8. Concerto for 2 Clarinets in E-Flat Major, Op. 91: II. Adagio
  9. Concerto for 2 Clarinets in E-Flat Major, Op. 91: III. Alla polacca

Disk 8

  1. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Major: I. Allegro
  2. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Major: II. Andante moderato
  3. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Major: III. Rondeau. Allegro
  4. Double Clarinet Concerto in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro
  5. Double Clarinet Concerto in B-Flat Major: II. Andante moderato
  6. Double Clarinet Concerto in B-Flat Major: II. Allegro
  7. Concerto for Clarinet, Bassoon & Orchestra in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro moderato
  8. Concerto for Clarinet, Bassoon & Orchestra in B-Flat Major: II. Andante moderato
  9. Concerto for Clarinet, Bassoon & Orchestra in B-Flat Major: III. Rondo

Disk 9

  1. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 101: I. Allegro maestoso
  2. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 101: II. Adagio
  3. Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 101: III. Andante con variazoni
  4. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op.76: I. Maestoso
  5. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op.76: II. Largo
  6. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op.76: III. Polacca brillante
  7. Clarinet Concertino in C Minor: I. Allegro moderato
  8. Sinfonia concertante No. 3 in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro – Largo – Tema con variazioni

Disk 10

  1. Clarinet Concerto in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro
  2. Clarinet Concerto in B-Flat Major: II. Adagio
  3. Clarinet Concerto in B-Flat Major: III. Rondo. Allegro
  4. Sinfonia concertante No. 1 in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro
  5. Sinfonia concertante No. 1 in E-Flat Major: II. Romanze. Poco adagio
  6. Sinfonia concertante No. 1 in E-Flat Major: III. Rondo. Allegro
  7. Sinfonia concertante No. 2 in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro
  8. Sinfonia concertante No. 2 in E-Flat Major: II. Romanze. Lento
  9. Sinfonia concertante No. 2 in E-Flat Major: III. Allegretto. Tema con variazioni

Disk 11

  1. Concertstück in G Minor: I. Allegro agitato
  2. Concertstück in G Minor: II. Adagio
  3. Concertstück in G Minor: III. Allegretto
  4. Clarinet Concertino in C Minor, Op. 29: I. Allegro
  5. Clarinet Concertino in C Minor, Op. 29: II. Adagio
  6. Clarinet Concertino in C Minor, Op. 29: III. Rondo. Allegretto vivo
  7. Sonata No. 3 in D Minor: I. Adagio
  8. Sonata No. 3 in D Minor: II. Allegro
  9. Sonata No. 3 in D Minor: III. Finale. Prestissimo
  10. Clarinet Concertino in E-Flat Major, Op. 27: I. Adagio maestoso – Allegro con spirit
  11. Clarinet Concertino in E-Flat Major, Op. 27: II. Romanze. Larghetto
  12. Clarinet Concertino in E-Flat Major, Op. 27: III. Polonaise. Tempo di polacca

Disk 12

  1. Clarinet Concerto in C Minor, Op. 31: I. Allegro vigoroso
  2. Clarinet Concerto in C Minor, Op. 31: II. Adagio, ma senza rigore
  3. Clarinet Concerto in C Minor, Op. 31: III. Rondo. Allegro giocoso
  4. Clarinet Concerto in A Minor, Op. 80: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Clarinet Concerto in A Minor, Op. 80: II. Adante con moto
  6. Clarinet Concerto in A Minor, Op. 80: III. Allegro moderato
  7. Clarinet Concerto: I. Slowly and Expressively –
  8. Clarinet Concerto: II. Cadenza –
  9. Clarinet Concerto: III. Rather Ffast

Disk 13

  1. Clarinet Concerto, Op. 57
  2. Clarinet Concerto: I. Introduction et allegro
  3. Clarinet Concerto: II. Arioso
  4. Clarinet Concerto: III. Cadenza et danza populare
  5. Clarinet Concerto: I. Rather fast
  6. Clarinet Concerto: II. Ostinato. Fast
  7. Clarinet Concerto: III. Quiet
  8. Clarinet Concerto: IV. Gay

Disk 14

  1. Introduction, Theme & Variations for Clarinet & Orchestra in B-Flat Major: I. Andante
  2. Introduction, Theme & Variations for Clarinet & Orchestra in B-Flat Major: II. Thema. Allegretto
  3. Introduction, Theme & Variations for Clarinet & Orchestra in B-Flat Major: III. Variation I
  4. Introduction, Theme & Variations for Clarinet & Orchestra in B-Flat Major: IV. Variation II
  5. Introduction, Theme & Variations for Clarinet & Orchestra in B-Flat Major: V. Variation III
  6. Introduction, Theme & Variations for Clarinet & Orchestra in B-Flat Major: VI. Largo minore
  7. Introduction, Theme & Variations for Clarinet & Orchestra in B-Flat Major: VII. Maggiore
  8. Concert Pieces No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 113: I. Allegro di molto
  9. Concert Pieces No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 113: II. Andante
  10. Concert Pieces No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 113: III. Allegro molto
  11. Concert Pieces No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 114: I. Presto
  12. Concert Pieces No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 114: II. Andante
  13. Concert Pieces No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 114: III. Allegro grazioso
  14. Clarinet Concerto in G Minor, Op. 29: I. Allegro agitato
  15. Clarinet Concerto in G Minor, Op. 29: II. Adagio
  16. Clarinet Concerto in G Minor, Op. 29: III. Allegro vivace