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Carl Philipp Stamitz: Quartets for Clarinet / Arthur Campbell, clarinet; Gregory Maytan, violin; Paul Swantek, viola; Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello

Album Summary

>Stamitz, Carl : Quartet for clarinet & strings in E flat major, Op. 19/3
>Stamitz, Carl : Quartet for clarinet & strings in B flat major, Op. 19/2
>Stamitz, Carl : Quartet for clarinet & strings in E flat major, Op. 19/1
>Stamitz, Carl : Quartet for oboe & strings in E flat major, Op. 8/4
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Carl Stamitz's Clarinet Quartets Op. 8 and Op. 19 are remarkable documents of the development of the clarinet's cantabile qualities, and the increasing significance of the instrument in the second half of the eighteenth century.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
The performances are energetic. Campbell boasts a pleasant tone, solid fingers, and expressive phrasing. His high register, too. Even in their supporting roles, the strings could use more clarity and presence.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling (11/28/2011-11/30/2011).



Reviews

Terrific recording of some lesser heard master works!
Clarinetists know Carl (Karl) Stamitz, the mid 18th century German, for his twelve clarinet concerti; the most often performed of which is the #3 in Bb. This wonderful new recording of his four quartets for clarinet and strings offers a chance to hear great performers in works that should be played and heard more often than they actually are. Part of why these pieces are a little bit of an "oddity" is, in fact, the scoring for three strings. There are so many superb "Clarinet Quintets" including the iconic Mozart and Weber - both of roughly the same vintage. So, existing string quartets and their clarinet buddies typically are much more interested the works that involve everyone in the ensemble. However, Stamitz wrote these wonderful pieces for his own clarinet acquaintance Joseph Beer. Moreover, Stamitz himself was a violist of renown and wrote viola parts to be as important as the violin part. Each of these is a beautiful buoyant work that challenges even today's players but are fairly direct, straight forward and simple in the best of ways to listen to. The slow movements are all quite lovely, especially that in the Op. 19, #1. The performances are all wonderful. In particular, I have never heard Arthur Campbell before he is a student of the great Robert Marcellus and has lovely, focused but warm tone. The string players, Gregory Maytan, Paul Swantek and Pablo Mahave-Veglia are equally skilled. This is a very enjoyable disc that clarinetists for sure and all lovers of chamber music would appreciate! The SACD/CD dual format is a bonus and the recording sounds fresh, lively and present throughout!
Submitted on 03/26/13 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Stamitz, Carl : Quartet for clarinet & strings in E flat major, Op. 19/3
  • Performers: Pablo Mahave-Veglia (Cello); Paul Swantek (Viola); Gregory Maytan (Violin); Arthur Campbell (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling (11/28/2011-11/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Stamitz, Carl : Quartet for clarinet & strings in B flat major, Op. 19/2
  • Performers: Pablo Mahave-Veglia (Cello); Paul Swantek (Viola); Gregory Maytan (Violin); Arthur Campbell (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling (11/28/2011-11/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Stamitz, Carl : Quartet for clarinet & strings in E flat major, Op. 19/1
  • Performers: Pablo Mahave-Veglia (Cello); Gregory Maytan (Violin); Arthur Campbell (Clarinet); Paul Swantek (Viola)
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling (11/28/2011-11/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Stamitz, Carl : Quartet for oboe & strings in E flat major, Op. 8/4
  • Performers: Pablo Mahave-Veglia (Cello); Paul Swantek (Viola); Gregory Maytan (Violin); Arthur Campbell (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling (11/28/2011-11/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music