Notes & Reviews:
Dieter Klöcker was tireless in his dedicated service to music. Like no other, the name of this virtuoso clarinetist, highly esteemed teacher, and meticulous researcher stands for exciting performance style and boundless joy of discovery. Dieter Klöcker died in 2011, and MDG is now paying homage to him with a fine selection from his immense and rich discography - lavishing the greatest care and loving admiration on each work included in this special program.
Rossini's wind quartets form the beginning. These pieces of incredible virtuosity and the highest tonal delicacy are practically made to order for the Consortium Classicum. It was only fitting that this brilliant fireworks display represented the ensemble's very first complete recording - and its MDG debut.
Dieter Klöcker actually once dreamed of becoming an archeologist, and the need to unearth the buried past never left him, even as a musician. We have him to thank for the rediscovery of long-forgotten composers and famous masterpieces in contemporary arrangements. Without Klöcker's efforts the serenades of Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Ignaz Pleyel and the chamber music of Carl Czerny would probably still be slumbering away in the archives. And without him who would ever have heard of Mozart's second clarinet concerto?
As an extra bonus, a portrait of the Consortium Classicum complements this anthology and presents this ensemble's extraordinary breadth in small pieces for listeners-on-the-run. From string quartet adaptations to opera overtures, from early classical trio sonatas to Antonín Dvorák's serenade, from the double concerto to the windsymphony, Klöcker and his friends delight the ear with their spirited performance style and interpretive depth
Rossini: 6 Quartets for flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon
Hummel: Wind Serenades
Pleyel: Wind Serenades
Carl Czerny: Nonet / Grande Serenade Concertante op. 126
Haydn: Clarinet Quartets
Mozart: Concertos KV297b, KV382, KV C 14.06
Consortium Classicum - A Portrait
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Burgmüller: Overture, Op. 5; Symphony no 2; Piano Concerto Op. 1 / Leonard Hokanson, piano; Wuppertal SO, Schmalfuss
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Concertos for Winds / Andrea Tenaglia, oboe; William Moriconi, cor anglais; Giuseppe Ciabocchi, bassoon
Franz Xaver Dussek: 4 Symphonies / Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Max Reger: Organ Works, Vol. 12: Suites for Organ nos 1 & 2 / Kirsten Sturm, organ
Peter Mennin: "Moby Dick"; Symphony no 3; Symphony no 7 "Variation-Symphony" / Schwarz, Seattle SO
Street Song - Music for winds by Oquin, Tilson Thomas, Lorenz, Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky, Copland / Univ. of GA Winds
Bloch: Voice in the Wilderness; Schlomo; From Jewish Life; Bruch: Kol Nidrei / Natalie Clein, cello; BBC Scottish SO
Nocturnes - for piano by Field, Chopin, Respighi, Fauré, Sibelius, Bizet, Alkan, Poulenc, Satie, Rachmaninov et al. / Michael Landrum, piano