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Thea King, Clifford Benson - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas (1986) Reissue 2004

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Thea King, Clifford Benson - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas (1986) Reissue 2004

Thea King, Clifford Benson - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas (1984) Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:43:30
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55158

Brahms’s two sonatas for clarinet and piano, Op 120, composed in 1894, were followed only by the four Serious Songs and a set of organ chorale preludes (some of which may have been written at earlier times). His farewell to chamber music was also his farewell gift to the clarinet.

Ebony-Duo - Scelsi: Complete Works for Flute and Clarinet (1999)

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Ebony-Duo - Scelsi: Complete Works for Flute and Clarinet (1999)

Ebony-Duo - Scelsi: Complete Works for Flute and Clarinet (1999)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:32 | 325 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Col Legno | Catalog: WWE 1CD 20035

The Complete Works for Flute and Clarinet: In both original works and transcriptions, the Ebony Duo explores Scelsi’s use of special sound colors and his coloring of sound. Transcriptions especially prepared by the clarinetist (and pianist) Michael Raster provide the basis for some of the works on the present album. Yet Scelsi’s original intentions incurred no damage as a result of this recrafting. To the contrary! “The formidable technical demands that playing on two strings with in part opposite dynamics places on the solo violinist certainly justify an adaptation for two instrumentalists – all the more so as Scelsi himself had already been concerned with the “third dimension”, the depth of sound, in connection wind instruments before, especially in the piece Ko-Lho for flute and clarinet.”

Eduard Brunner - J.X. Lefevre: Clarinet Quartets & Sonatas (2010)

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Eduard Brunner - J.X. Lefevre: Clarinet Quartets & Sonatas (2010)

Eduard Brunner - J.X. Lefevre: Clarinet Quartets & Sonatas (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:05 | 362 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Tudor | Catalog: TUDOR7150

Jean Xavier Lefèvre was chief clarinettist in the Paris Opera for many years. As a composer, he produced a succession of chamber music and concertante pieces that are in every way worthy of the attention now being paid to them.

Gould Piano Trio, Robert Plane - Stanford: Clarinet Sonata, Piano Trio No. 3, 2 Fantasies (2007)

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Gould Piano Trio, Robert Plane - Stanford: Clarinet Sonata, Piano Trio No. 3, 2 Fantasies (2007)

Gould Piano Trio, Robert Plane - Stanford: Clarinet Sonata, Piano Trio No. 3, 2 Fantasies (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 319 MB | 01:13:56
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos

At the height of his career Sir Charles Stanford held a leading position in British music, not only as a teacher of many of the most important composers of the new generation, but as one of the most significant British composers – the other was Sir Hubert Parry – to have emerged immediately before Elgar. Chiefly remembered today for his Irish Rhapsodies, Seven Symphonies and Clarinet Concerto, Stanford composed many chamber works, including several for clarinet written in what might be described as a ‘Brahmsian’ idiom. The Piano Trio No. 3, the last of three which span Stanford’s mature career, was written as a tribute to friends lost in the First World War.

Gerard Causse, Paul Meyer, Francois-Rene Duchable, Kent Nagano - Max Bruch: Works for Clarinet and Viola (1990)

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Gerard Causse, Paul Meyer, Francois-Rene Duchable, Kent Nagano - Max Bruch: Works for Clarinet and Viola (1990)

Max Bruch: Works for Clarinet and Viola (1990)
Gérard Caussé (viola), Paul Meyer (clarinet), François-René Duchable (piano)
Orchestre De L'opéra De Lyon; Kent Nagano, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans ~ 44 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292-45483-2 | Time: 01:05:24

For two consecutive years listeners to Classic FM have voted Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto their favourite among 300 classical works. His melodies have instant appeal and it is good to see three comparative rarities on this disc. Bruch loved alto-register instruments such as the clarinet and viola, and he wrote these works in 1911 when giant leaps were taking place in the development of music, all of which he eschewed in favour of mid-19th-century Romanticism. While the clarinet rides orchestral accompaniment with no difficulty, the viola sits right in the middle and can be drowned (a hazard in performing the Double Concerto but avoided in the recording studio). The viola Romance is a gem, while the Eight Pieces are colourful and varied. All the performers do ample justice to this beautiful and unashamedly Romantic music.

John Finucane - Frid: Clarinet Sonatas (2018)

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John Finucane - Frid: Clarinet Sonatas (2018)

John Finucane - Frid: Clarinet Sonatas (2018)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 223 MB | 56:48
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

Grigory Frids politically and morally ambitious operas have made him known to a broader public even outside his native Russia. His chamber music is not so popular, but it too holds discoveries in store, as John Finucane and Elisaveta Blumina impressively demonstrate on this recording premiere of his two clarinet sonatas. Musical wit, tonal beauty, and virtuosity in the treatment of tonality and instrumentation reveal a compositional talent stimulated by exchanges with the greatest of Frids times. Elisaveta Blumina is especially fond of much too little known music from the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

Robert Oberaigner, Norbert Anger, Michael Schöch - Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas & Clarinet Trio (2018)

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Robert Oberaigner, Norbert Anger, Michael Schöch - Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas & Clarinet Trio (2018)

Robert Oberaigner, Norbert Anger, Michael Schöch - Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas & Clarinet Trio (2018)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 235 MB | 01:06:05
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

Johannes Brahms had decided that his composing days were over, but then the retiree met Richard Mühlfeld, the clarinetist of the Meiningen Court Orchestra. Mühlfeld's playing so very much charmed the great composer that he once again put pencil to score paper - and did so again and again - and with magnificent results. Here the two Clarinet Sonatas and the equally marvelous Clarinet Trio are heard for the first time in high-resolution 3-D sound on Super Audio CD in performances by Robert Oberaigner and Michael Schöch - joined by Norbert Anger on the cello.

Vladimir Soltan - Nielsen, Debussy, Francaix: Clarinet Concertos (2016)

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Vladimir Soltan - Nielsen, Debussy, Francaix: Clarinet Concertos (2016)

Vladimir Soltan - Nielsen, Debussy, Francaix: Clarinet Concertos (2016)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 216 MB | 57:12
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Recital

Breathtaking virtuosity, sumptuous sound, expression brimming with suspense: on his debut album the young Byelorussian clarinetist Vladimir Soltan gives his all while enjoying superb ensemble support from the Hamburg Symphony. Under its conductor Jose Luiz Gomez this orchestra simply surpasses itself in concertante competition with the soloist. What Carl Nielsen demanded of the clarinet must have seemed simply impossible to those who witnessed the work's premiere. The composer fully exploits the instrument's extreme registers, the dynamic spectrum ranges from the tenderest pianissimo to mighty fortissimo, and even the fingers get a full dexterity workout.

Rita Karin Meier, Belenus Quartet - Baermann: Quintets for Clarinet (2017)

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Rita Karin Meier, Belenus Quartet - Baermann: Quintets for Clarinet (2017)

Rita Karin Meier, Belenus Quartet - Baermann: Quintets for Clarinet (2017)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 263 MB | 58:31
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

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 MDG and on this recording Rita Karin Meier and the Belenus Quartet turn to his three quintets for clarinet and strings and with them bring back to life his much acclaimed cantabile playing as well as his legendary virtuosic capabilities.

Galatea Quartett, Karl-Andreas Kolly, Rita Karin Meier - Andreas Späth: Romantic Clarinet Chamber Music (2019)

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Galatea Quartett, Karl-Andreas Kolly, Rita Karin Meier - Andreas Späth: Romantic Clarinet Chamber Music (2019)

Galatea Quartett, Karl-Andreas Kolly, Rita Karin Meier - Andreas Späth: Romantic Clarinet Chamber Music (2019)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 295 MB | 01:18:33
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

Andreas Späth is a new name to me, but his long and distinguished career saw him create a varied catalogue of over 150 works. He was also a clarinettist, violinist, organist, and voice teacher, as well as becoming the city music director in Neuchâtel and an honorary member of the Swiss Music Society among other things. Very little of his music has found its way onto recordings, so this extensive overview of his chamber music with clarinet is very welcome indeed. This release is titled ‘Romantic Clarinet Chamber Music’, but Späth’s idiom has a Classical poise and an elegant lack of sentimentality, at least in the Introduction & Variations on Weber op. 133. This has a nice variety in its variations, emphasising lyricism and witty inflection rather than pure virtuosity, though there is indeed some of this in evidence, and we are fortunate to be in the safe hands of soloist Rita Karin Meier.

Thea King, The Allegri String Quartet - Crusell: Clarinet Quartets (1988)

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Thea King, The Allegri String Quartet - Crusell: Clarinet Quartets (1988)

Thea King, The Allegri String Quartet - Crusell: Clarinet Quartets (1988)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:52 | 319 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66077

As one goes along in their classical-music journey, you eventually start moving beyond the "safeness" of the major composers and exploring the lesser-known "minor" composers - and often discovering soon enough some of the "hidden treasures" of the classical repertoire. And among some of these treasures are the clarinet concertos and the featured quartets on this CD by the Finnish-born virtuoso/composer, Bernhard Crusell.

Richard Stoltzman - Aria (1997)

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Richard Stoltzman - Aria (1997)

Richard Stoltzman - Aria (1997)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 359 MB | 01:16:47
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Victor Red Seal

During his musical career, Richard Stoltzman has gained a reputation not only for excellence as a clarinetist but also as a show person. His recordings are varied and demonstrate both his ability to perform difficult music as well as to provide an enjoyable listening experience. Perhaps the best example of his classical talents along with his gift for entertaining would be the collection of music from opera in his recording ARIA.

Emma Johnson - Crusell: The 3 Clarinet Concertos (1991)

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Emma Johnson - Crusell: The 3 Clarinet Concertos (1991)

Emma Johnson - Crusell: The 3 Clarinet Concertos (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:58 | 329 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: ASV | Catalog: CDDCA784

Here are Emma Johnson's recordings of the three clarinet concertos by Henrik Crusell, all recorded with different conductors and at different times throughout the mid-1980s to 1991. Briefly stated, these are romantic conceptions of music by a composer that was essentially Beethoven's peer. The pearl of this CD is the recording of Crusell's Concerto No. 2 in F minor. Here, Johnson and conductor Charles Groves are of single mind in their pursuit of romance and virtuosity. Indeed, Johnson launches into a lengthy and very individual cadenza in the latter sequence of the first movement I have never before heard in a recording of this music. Groves supports the exhibitionism of the soloist with highly charged orchestral backup where he dots the rhythm with clearly enunciated timpani beats.

Laura Ruiz Ferreres - Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music for Clarinet (2013)

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Laura Ruiz Ferreres - Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music for Clarinet (2013)

Laura Ruiz Ferreres - Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music for Clarinet (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:40:23 | 489 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Audite | Catalog: AUDITE91662

This recording of the complete chamber music works for clarinet by Johannes Brahms is presented with first-rate interpreters: Laura Ruiz Ferreres, one of the most gifted clarinettists of her generation, and pianist Christoph Berner. Internationally renowned cellist Danjulo Ishizaka and the Mandelring Quartet complete the superb line-up of instrumentalists for this recording.

Thomas Friedli - Franz Krommer: Clarinet Concertos (1986)

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Thomas Friedli - Franz Krommer: Clarinet Concertos (1986)

Thomas Friedli - Franz Krommer: Clarinet Concertos (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:12 | 402 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Claves | Catalog: 50-8602

Franz Krommer was Czech by birth but spent the major part of his career in Vienna; he was the last official court composer in the Habsburg court. A violinist, Krommer wrote mostly orchestral and chamber music, including at least six dozen string quartets. Born less than four years after Mozart, he outlived Beethoven, but his style is firmly based in the 18th century. The Clarinet Concerto, op. 36, was composed almost exactly midway between those of Mozart and Weber; a fairly ambitious work, it features a large orchestra including trumpets and timpani. It is certainly a virtuoso showpiece, but well written for the instrument; everything fits well under the fingers.