Toward the Empyrean Heaven: Music for Bass Clarinet | Urania LDV14049

Toward the Empyrean Heaven: Music for Bass Clarinet

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Label: Urania

Cat No: LDV14049

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 14th June 2019

Contents

Artists

Stefano Cardo (clarinet, bass clarinet)
Thomas Aber (bass clarinet)
Balthasar Hens (bass clarinet)
Ruta Stadalnykaite (piano)
Robert Pherigo (piano)
Hsiao-Yen Chen (piano)
Pietro Pasquini (organ)
Liliencron-Quartet der Stuttgarter Philharmoniker

Works

Bennett, David

Deepwood

Bontoux, Daniel

Benedition nuptiale

Bowen, York

Phantasy Quintet for bass clarinet and string quartet, op.93

Franchi, Cesar

Elegie

Jeanjean, Paul

Duo de concert

Klughardt, August

Romanze

Petit, Alexandre-Sylvain

Evocation

Pillevestre, Jules

Premiere Offertoire

Rasse, Francois

Lied

Saint-Saens, Camille

Etienne Marcel: Opera en 4 actes
» O beaux reves evanouis

Artists

Stefano Cardo (clarinet, bass clarinet)
Thomas Aber (bass clarinet)
Balthasar Hens (bass clarinet)
Ruta Stadalnykaite (piano)
Robert Pherigo (piano)
Hsiao-Yen Chen (piano)
Pietro Pasquini (organ)
Liliencron-Quartet der Stuttgarter Philharmoniker

About

The selections on this disc are representative of a small, largely forgotten repertoire of solo and chamber pieces dating from the second half of the nineteenth century until the 1930s by composers such as York Bowen, Saint-Saźns and August Klughardt. The majority of the pieces on this disc, performed by Stefano Cardo, Thomas Aber and others with the Liliencron Quartet der Stuttgarter Philharmoniker have not previously been recorded.

From its earliest days as a usable musical instrument the richly majestic tone of the bass clarinet has placed it in a category apart from other, perhaps more familiar, instruments. Its sonorous voice issued a summons to a sphere, whether celestial or infernal, beyond everyday existence. The bass clarinet began its orchestral career providing a particular dramatic effect in Parisian grand opera during the 1830s and since then has had consistent employment as a harbinger of supernatural, otherworldly mystery and as a portent of both death and the heavens beyond.

Gradually during the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth century composers recognized that the rich sonorities of the bass clarinet could offer, however, a wide range of expression and they began, very occasionally at first, to compose for it as a solo instrument. The selections on this disc are representative of a small, largely forgotten repertoire of solo and chamber pieces dating from the second half of the nineteenth century until the 1930s. The majority of the pieces on this disc have not previously been recorded. In keeping with the aesthetics of the period, these selections allow the profound voice of the bass clarinet, together with piano, organ, or string quartet, to produce a luminous sound and a musicality “full of bliss; a bliss which transcends all sorrow” (Paradiso XXX, 40-42, by Dante Alighieri).

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