Martinu / Nielsen / Koechlin / Berio - Serenade | Supraphon SU39982

Martinu / Nielsen / Koechlin / Berio - Serenade

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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU39982

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 24th August 2009

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The central figures on this CD are two colleagues from the Berliner Philharmoniker – first horn Radek Baborák and first clarinet Wenzel Fuchs. On this recording, accompanied by the members of Baborak Ensemble, they present themselves both as phenomenal soloists without technical limits and as experienced chamber players. In a novel dramaturgy, they introduce lesser known and rarely recorded works (Koechlin), alongside compositions performed more frequently.

The first group includes Les Confidences (“Les Confidences d’un Joueur de Clarinette”) by the French composer Charles Koechlin, whose oeuvre is synonymous with film music of the first half of the 20th century (
he also wrote the script for the film Les Confidences).

Martinů’s Quartet, from his Paris period, and the more neo-classicist Serenade are splendid works, yet – owing to their non-traditional configuration – to our detriment have only appeared on stages and been recorded sporadically.

Nielsen’s pieces, together with the “encore” miniature by Luciano Berio, round off this very pleasant mosaic of encounters between horn and clarinet in 20th-century works.

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