Notes & Reviews:
Soft and cantabile with sparkling virtuosity; we owe it to the internationally celebrated soloist, Sabine Meyer, that the clarinet has conquered the world's concert stages. While rediscovering forgotten repertoire for decades now, Meyer delightfully presents not only the famous clarinet concertos y Mozart, Weber and Rossini, but also hidden gems by lesser known composers.
This collection starts off with two beautiful concerti from Mozart, who was extremely fond of the singing tone of the clarinet. In his, Sinfornia concertante Es-Dur, the entire wind quartet engages in concertante dialogue with the orchestra. The set continues with concerti from the Czech contemporary of Mozart, Carl Stamitz, who is an important Early Classical composer. Meyer's own curiosity led to the exposure of many of Stamitz's clarinet works, including some by his father Johann.
Sabine Meyer's brother, Wolfgang, shines alongside her as her duo partner in the double concertos of Czech composer Franz Vincenz Krommer. This five disk set finalizes with works from, Carl Maria von Weer, (brilliant composer of virtuosic concertos); here Sabine Meyer's recordings enjoy reference status, thanks to the unsurpassed mixture of virtuosity and Romanticism in her playing.
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