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.

Listening

Track list

Disk 1

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

Disk 2

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

Disk 3

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

Disk 4

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

Disk 5

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

Disk 6

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

Disk 7

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

Disk 8

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

Disk 9

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

Disk 10

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

Disk 11

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

Disk 12

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

Disk 13

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

Disk 14

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