Notes & Reviews:
MDG is now rereleasing a rarity that has been out of stock for many years. Along with the Suk Chamber Orchestra of Prague, Klöcker and Hartmann perform double concertos for clarinet and bassoon.
Johann Friedrich Schubert's concerto very much represents the tradition of the sinfonia concertante, and here the orchestra is kept quite busy: just listen to the extended orchestral tutti in the first movement! It is truly amazing, however, how Schubert, who was about Beethoven's age, employs the orchestral winds. During entire thematic segments the strings are silent.
Peter von Winter was extremely successful as an opera composer - a fact also reflected in his virtuosic concertino. The orchestra supplies a pliant background, and the two soloists are free to shine in the foreground. The otherwise easy-going bassoon has to execute wild runs and rushing cascades in the part intended for the cello in the original.
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