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Clarinet Concertos

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 2564626220

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 5

Release Date: 14th July 2014

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Inspired Mozart, Romantic rarities and infectious jazz classics – in her award-winning discography, Sabine Meyer has explored many facets of the clarinet repertoire, helping the black woodwind instrument gain great popularity in the process.

This CD box brings together great concerto recordings, and also features famous colleagues like Emmanuel Pahud, Julian Bliss and her brother Wolfgang Meyer.

Contents:
CD 1

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
- Clarinet Concerto in A KV 622 (Reconstruction of the original version for basset clarinet)
Berliner Philharmoniker / Claudio Abbado

CLAUDE DEBUSSY
- Première Rapsodie

TORU TAKEMITSU
- Fantasma/Cantos

Top clarinettist meets top orchestra: In 1998 Sabine Meyer made her legendary live recording of Mozart’s popular clarinet concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado, which is combined here with two of the German clarinettist’s lesser-known but no less fascinating favourites: Claude Debussy’s Première Rapsodie and Tōru Takemitsu’s Fantasma/Cantos, which immerse the sound of the clarinet in impressionist and exotic colours.

CD 2
CARL MARIA VON WEBER
- Clarinet Quintet in B flat op.34 (version for clarinet and string orchestra)

FELIX MENDELSSOHN
- Concert Piece No.1 in F minor for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra op.113
- Concert Piece No.2 in D minor for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra op.114

HEINRICH BAERMANN
- Clarinet Quintet No.3 in E flat op.23 (version for clarinet and string orchestra)

Wolfgang Meyer, Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Kenneth Sillito

Brillant virtuoso material and intimate chamber music - Felix Mendelssohn’s two concert pieces, which the Early Romantic composer wrote for his friends the two clarinet virtuosi Carl and Heinrich Baermann, were long regarded as rarities. Then Sabine Meyer and her brother Wolfgang turned these lively pieces into real hits. They are heard here amidst finely-drawn chamber works by Mendelssohn’s contemporaries – quintets by Baermann and Weber arranged for orchestra.

CD 3
FRANZ VINZENZ KROMMER
- Concerto for 2 clarinets in E flat op.91

LOUIS SPOHR
- Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in E minor WoO20 (edited by Gerhard Ewald Rischka)

LOUIS SPOHR
- Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat op.57

Julian Bliss (clarinet), Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Kenneth Sillito

Early Romantic rarities for one or two clarinets: The double concertos by Czech composer Franz Krommer, a contemporary of Rossini’s, and the solo concertos by the Early Romantic composer Louis Spohr were for many years only known to clarinet ‘insiders’. Here, Sabine Meyer turns her attention to these rarely-heard gems together with her young colleague (and erstwhile student) Julian Bliss.

CD 4
CARL NIELSEN
- Flute concerto FS 119
- Clarinet Concerto FS 129
Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle

- Bläserquintett
Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Stefan Schweigert (bassoon), Jonathan Kelly (oboe, cor anglais), Radek Baborák (horn)

Scandinavian wind concertos between delicate poetry and gruff drama - the Late Romantic orchestral timbres of the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle join forces here in works by Danish composer Carl Nielsen with the amazing virtuosity of the two soloists Sabine Meyer und Emmanuel Pahud. There is also a special encore in the shape of the Nielsen quintet – a refreshing Neoclassicist rarity played by Meyer, Pahud & friends.

CD 5 HOMAGE TO BENNY GOODMAN
MALCOLM ARNOLD
- Concerto No.2 for Clarinet and Orchestra op.115

AARON COPLAND
- Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano

IGOR STRAVINSKY
- Ebony Concerto for Clarinet and Jazz-Orchestra

LEONARD BERNSTEIN
- Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

Big Band Arrangements (arr. Chris Walden/lngo Luis)
NICCOLÒ PAGANINI
- Paganini Caprice 24

MEL POWELL
- Clarinade

LOUIS PRIMA
- Sing, Sing, Sing

BENNY GOODMAN
- Rachel’s Dream

EDDIE SAUTER
- Clarinet à la King
Original Dixieland Jazz Band
- Tiger Rag

GORDON JENKINS
- Good-bye

Wolfgang Meyer (clarinet), Rosmarie Schmid-Munster (harp), Andreas Weimer (piano)
Bamberger Symphoniker / Ingo Metzmacher

Homage to the doyen of the clarinet: Every clarinet-player admires the great Benny Goodman, who was equally at home in jazz and in Classical music. Sabine Meyer’s homage offers an entertaining panorama of jazz-inspired Classical pieces, from Bernstein to Stravinsky, and from Copland to modern jazz arrangements. She is ably supported by her brother Wolfgang and by conductor Ingo Metzmacher, one of the stars of the rostrum in the field of avant-garde music.

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