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Mozart, Molter: Clarinet Concertos / Kari Kriikku, et al

> Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in A major - I. Moderato
> Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in A major - II. Largo
> Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in A major - III. Allegro
> Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in G major - I. Moderato
> Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in G major - II. Adagio
> Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in G major - III. Allegro
> Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in D major - I. Moderato
> Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in D major - II. Adagio
> Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in D major - III. Allegro
> Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 - I. Allegro
> Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 - II. Adagio
> Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 - IIII. Rondo: Allegro

Album Summary

>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in A major, MWV6/41
>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in G major, MWV6/40
>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in D major, MWV6/39
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K. 622
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Notes & Reviews:

Mozarts Clarinet Concerto was written for the basset clarinet, and indeed the emotional core of the solo part seems to reside in those lowest notes, which have to be tweaked when performed on a modern A clarinet. Of all the music written by Johann Melchoir Molter including some 170 symphonies and over 90 concertos, only a small percentage is known today: six Clarinet Concertos.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The music, often sounding like a cross between Vivaldi and CPE Bach at his most complaisant, is agreeable, if hardly distinctive. But Kriikku draws miracles of delicate shading from his piercing, trumpet-like instrument, whether in the bouncy Allegros (though you may be fazed by his jokily over-the-top cadenza in the finale of No 4), or in the soulful minor-key slow movements of Nos 1 and 4. In both Mozart and Molter, Ondine's recorded sound has an attractive transparency and glow, with an ideally judged balance between clarinet and orchestra.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tapiola Hall, Espoo.



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Works Details

>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in A major, MWV6/41
  • Performers: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet); Anssi Karttunen (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 11 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in G major, MWV6/40
  • Performers: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet); Anssi Karttunen (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in D major, MWV6/39
  • Performers: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet); Anssi Karttunen (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K. 622
  • Performers: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet); Kari Kriikku (Basset Clarinet)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 27 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791