Emma Johnson & Friends: Schubert - Octet; Crusell - Concert Trio
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Cat No: SOMMCD0156
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 26th February 2016
WorksConcert Trio for clarinet, bassoon and horn
Octet in F major, D803
ArtistsEmma Johnson (clarinet)
Philip Gibbon (bassoon)
Michael Thompson (horn)
The Carducci Quartet
Chris West (double bass)
The Octet shows Schubert at his most positive and most profound, resulting in a moving masterpiece of the highest order. It is one of Schubert's most consistently inspired works. Its totality is astonishing, not only in sheer melodic invention but also in structural development and expressive narrative, in large-scale harmonic working and in the interaction of the eight musicians, in terms of individual instrumental colour and unique tonal gradations.
During his lifetime, Bernhard Crusell was considered as one of Sweden's leading composers and one of the finest clarinettists throughout Europe. His mastery of the clarinet is evident in the delightful serenade-like Concert Trio for clarinet, horn and bassoon, rarely recorded, if ever. It is a masterly composition, in which each of the three instruments has been given the chance to shine. The Trio is in four movements which follow one another with barely a break, the music seeming to breathe the clean open air of Scandinavia, positive and outward-looking, a characteristic familiar to us from later 19th-century music by Grieg, Svendsen, Gade, Stenhammar, Sibelius and Nielsen.
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