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Iwan Müller: Souvenir de Doéran; Clarinet Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Friederike Roth and Wenzel Fuchs, clarinets

Album Summary

>Müller, Iwan : Quartet for clarinet, violin, viola & cello no 1 in B flat major
>Müller, Iwan : Le reve, episode dramatique for clarinet & piano, Op. 73
>Müller, Iwan : Scene romantique, for clarinet & piano, Op. 96
>Müller, Iwan : Fantasy on a Theme of Mozart for clarinet & piano
>Müller, Iwan : Le chateau de Madrid, for clarinet & piano, Op. 79
>Müller, Iwan : Quartet for clarinet, violin, viola & cello no 2 in E minor
>Müller, Iwan : Souvenir de Dobberan, for 2 clarinets & piano, Op. 28
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Clarinet virtuoso Iwan Müller succeeded in developing the possibilities of his instrument beyond its limitations in Mozart's time into the modern clarinet, though his compositions have long been overlooked. The beautifully proportioned Clarinet Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 form a complementary pair, placing lyrical ease and virtuoso refinement into 'impossible' keys as a demonstration of Müller's innovations. The remaining works often follow an Italianate bel canto style, while his popular Souvenir de Dobbéran is a prototype of the musical postcard genre. Friederike Roth was awarded the special prize of the Wiesbaden Mozart Gesellschaft's clarinet competition and received the prize for best interpretation at the Alice Samter Chamber Music Competition with her clarinet quartet "Blattgold".

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
He quickly achieved success as a player and an inventor: by age 20 he was a member of the Czar's court orchestra in St Petersburg, and by age 22 he had developed what he called the clarinette omnitonique, a 13-keyed instrument with felt pads that eliminated air leaks and allowed the performer to use any key signature. The young clarinetist dazzled audiences with his unique instrument and his portfolio of showpieces, which included six full-length clarinet concertos, four concertante-like works for clarinet and orchestra, and dozens of miniatures. His success ensured the durability of his innovations, and in the late 19th Century the German clarinetist and instrument maker Oskar Oehler (1858-1936) adopted them into the Oehler system that now dominates the clarinet landscape in Germany. The cast of performers is respectable. Roth has agile fingers and nice phrasing. Fuchs boasts a bigger sound. Le Roux and the Berolina Ensemble are able players who accept the confines of the soloists and the music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany.



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>Iwan Müller : Quartet for clarinet, violin, viola & cello no 1 in B flat major
  • Performer: Friederike Roth (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Berolina Ensemble
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (10/18/2010-10/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Iwan Müller : Le rêve, episode dramatique for clarinet & piano, Op. 73
  • Performers: Erika Roux (Piano); Friederike Roth (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (09/20/2010-09/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Iwan Müller : Scène romantique, for clarinet & piano, Op. 96
  • Performers: Friederike Roth (Clarinet); Erika Roux (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (09/20/2010-09/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Iwan Müller : Fantasy on a Theme of Mozart for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Friederike Roth (Clarinet); Erika Roux (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (09/20/2010-09/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Iwan Müller : Le château de Madrid, for clarinet & piano, Op. 79
  • Performers: Friederike Roth (Clarinet); Erika Roux (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (09/20/2010-09/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Iwan Müller : Quartet for clarinet, violin, viola & cello no 2 in E minor
  • Performer: Friederike Roth (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Berolina Ensemble
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (10/18/2010-10/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Iwan Müller : Souvenir de Dobbéran, for 2 clarinets & piano, Op. 28
  • Performers: Wenzel Fuchs (Clarinet); Friederike Roth (Clarinet); Erika Roux (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (09/20/2010-09/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic