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Mozart, Spohr: Clarinet Concertos

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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, Op. 57

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, Op. 57
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Notes & Reviews:

'Non-standard' solo instruments have always made their way in the chamber music and concerto worlds through the advocacy of exceptional players. In the last ten years of his short life, Mozart developed a strong predilection for the clarinet, prompted by his admiration for the playing of Anton Stadler. Quite aside from the new prominence he accorded the instrument in two of his last three symphonies, it was for Stadler that he wrote his trio, quintet and, just two months before his death, the concerto recorded here. American clarinetist Jon Manasse delivers an unusually insightful reading of this evergreen work, ably accompanied by the Seattle Symphony led by Gerard Schwarz. The second of Ludwig Spohr's four concertos for the clarinet is an apt pairing for the Mozart, and Manasse gives the work a fresh and buoyant performance.

"Classical repertoire need not be played on original 18th century instruments to sound appropriate to its era, as this marvelously musical recording from Harmonia Mundi amply demonstratesthe Seattle Symphony, directed by Gerard Schwarz, is every bit a modern orchestra with standard instrumentation, so the refined sound is obviously due to the conductor's careful choices and to the gentle nature of clarinetist Jon Manasse's manner of interpretation Manasse and Schwarz are clearly aware of period practice and deliver the concertos with the elegance and warmth that is associated with late Classicism, yet hold back from any forceful exertions that might suggest early Romanticism." - All Music Guide

American clarinetist Jon Manasse delivers an unusually insightful reading of Mozart's evergreen work, his Clarinet Concerto, ably accompanied by the Seattle Symphony led by Gerard Schwarz. Also on this disc is the second of Ludwig Spohr's four clarinet concertos for clarinet.

Gramophone Magazine
In style [Manasse] is an arch-romantic in his interpretations of both these concertos...[his] shading of dynamic is most beautiful with a breathtaking pianissimo in the reprise of the main theme in the slow movement for the Mozart, leading to a sparkling account of the finale.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Sea (02/2009).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
  • Performer: Jon Manasse (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 28 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791

>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, Op. 57
  • Performer: Jon Manasse (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 25 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1810