Krommer, Spohr: Clarinet Concertos / Bliss, Meyer

Album Summary

>Krommer, Franz : Concerto for 2 clarinets & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 91
>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in E minor, WoO 20
>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, Op. 57
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Sabine Meyer's Mozart recordings are incredible, and this new July 2007 release of Krommer and Spohr continues the tradition. The rhythmic vitality of the Krommer is well projected by both Meyer and Bliss, who blend together perfectly with matching style, intonation, and character. The playing here is truly magnificent, and the recording is first-rate. This is something one should hear, not read about." -American Record Guide

Gramophone Magazine
Spohr... by his own admission, when he started knew nothing about the clarinet apart from its range... But the results... were splendid... No 2 in C minor, colourfully played by Julian Bliss, is full of instrumental invention, pitting the clarinet against some highly original effects and so requiring much care in balance as well as finger dexterity. No 4 is musically a more substantial work... Sabine Meyer takes it with proper seriousness, and makes out a case for this as perhaps the strongest of all Spohr's clarinet concertos.

BBC Music Magazine
Sabine Meyer makes light of the considerable difficulties of Spohr's Fourth Concerto with soft-grained and wonderfully even tone; Julian Bliss is technically impressive and only slightly less characterful in the Second.



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Works Details

>Krommer, Franz : Concerto for 2 clarinets & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 91
  • Performers: Julian Bliss (Clarinet); Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Sillito
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in E minor, WoO 20
  • Performer: Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Sillito
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 24 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1828

>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, Op. 57
  • Performer: Julian Bliss (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Sillito
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 24 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1810