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The King of Clarinet: Karl Leister

Audio Samples

>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for Clarinet in B flat major, Op. 101
>     Allegro maestoso
>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
>     Adagio
>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Lied, for clarinet
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Introduction & Rondo, for clarinet & piano, Op. 72
>Schubert, Franz : Der Neugierige ("Ich frage keine Blume"), song for voice & piano (Die schöne Müllerin), D. 795/6 (Op
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Horch, horch, die Lerche"), song for voice & piano, D. 889
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
>     Adagio
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestück (Zart und mit Ausdruck) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op 73/1
>Nielsen, Carl : Fantasistykke (Fantasy Piece), for clarinet & piano in G minor, FS 3h
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34
>     Rondo (Allegro)
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprice for solo violin in A flat major (Allegro), Op. 1/12, MS 25/12
>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Tema con variazioni, for clarinet & piano
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes for Clarinet and Piano
>     1. Allegro molto
>     4. Andante
>     5. Allegro molto
>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
>     Con brio
>Spohr, Louis : Romanze for violin & piano in B flat major, WoO 26 (no autograph)
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
>Gade, Niels [Composer] : Fantasias for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 43
>     Ballade; Moderato
>Nishimura, Akira : Utpala, for clarinet
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet in Bb, K Anh. 91 (516c) [Fragment]
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Elegy, for clarinet & piano in E flat major, KiV 286
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Albumblatt for clarinet (or violin) & piano in E flat major
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Tarantella for clarinet (or violin) & piano in G minor
>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Quartet for Clarinet and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 2
>     Rondo; Allegro vivace
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Clarinet
>     2. Romanza
>     3. Allegro con fuoco
>Lefèvre, Xavier : Sonata no 9 in F major
>     Adagio
>Rossini, Gioachino : Introduction, theme & variations for clarinet & orchestra in B flat major

Album Summary

>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for Clarinet in B flat major, Op. 101
>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Lied, for clarinet
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Introduction & Rondo, for clarinet & piano, Op. 72
>Schubert, Franz : Der Neugierige ("Ich frage keine Blume"), song for voice & piano (Die schöne Müllerin), D. 795/6 (Op
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Horch, horch, die Lerche"), song for voice & piano, D. 889
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestück (Zart und mit Ausdruck) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op 73/1
>Nielsen, Carl : Fantasistykke (Fantasy Piece), for clarinet & piano in G minor, FS 3h
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprice for solo violin in A flat major (Allegro), Op. 1/12, MS 25/12
>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Tema con variazioni, for clarinet & piano
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes for Clarinet and Piano
>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
>Spohr, Louis : Romanze for violin & piano in B flat major, WoO 26 (no autograph)
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
>Gade, Niels [Composer] : Fantasias for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 43
>Nishimura, Akira : Utpala, for clarinet
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet in Bb, K Anh. 91 (516c) [Fragment]
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Elegy, for clarinet & piano in E flat major, KiV 286
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Albumblatt for clarinet (or violin) & piano in E flat major
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Tarantella for clarinet (or violin) & piano in G minor
>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Quartet for Clarinet and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 2
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Clarinet
>Lefèvre, Xavier : Sonata no 9 in F major
>Rossini, Gioachino : Introduction, theme & variations for clarinet & orchestra in B flat major
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Notes & Reviews:

This 2-CD recording (notes in Japanese only) is a compilation of recordings made by Karl Leister over his long career. The recording celebrates his 75th birthday.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Leister's mellow tone and fluid technique justly won him admiration in a time of rapidly evolving technology and rising standards. No matter the genre, style, time period, or particular obstacle, he strove for consistency and cleanness, and his performances taught many young players to do the same. Preferring a perfectly nice sound over a venture into genuine emotion. The closing passage of III in the Poulenc Sonata is especially surprising.



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>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for Clarinet in B flat major, Op. 101 :: Allegro maestoso
  • Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Koji Toyoda
  • Notes: Gunma Music Center, Takasaki, Japan (04/24/1980-04/25/1980)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115 :: Adagio
  • Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Teldec Studio, Vienna, Austria (12/11/1981-12/13/1981)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Lied, for clarinet
  • Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Studio Baumgarten, Vienna (1995-12-06_1995-12-09&1996-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Introduction & Rondo, for clarinet & piano, Op. 72
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Baumgarten, Vienna (1995-12-06_1995-12-09&1996-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Schubert, Franz : Der Neugierige ("Ich frage keine Blume"), song for voice & piano (Die schöne Müllerin), D. 795/6 (Op
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Konservatoriumsaal, Feldkirch, Austria (02/16/2004-02/20/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Konservatoriumsaal, Feldkirch, Austria (02/16/2004-02/20/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Horch, horch, die Lerche"), song for voice & piano, D. 889
  • Performers: Ferenc Bognar (Piano); Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Konservatoriumsaal, Feldkirch, Austria (02/16/2004-02/20/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1826

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 :: Adagio
  • Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Koji Toyoda
  • Notes: Gunma Music Center, Takasaki, Japan (04/24/1980-04/25/1980)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestück (Zart und mit Ausdruck) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op 73/1
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Konservatoriumsaal, Feldkirch, Austria (02/06/2005-02/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Nielsen, Carl : Fantasistykke (Fantasy Piece), for clarinet & piano in G minor, FS 3h
  • Performers: Ferenc Bognar (Piano); Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Konservatoriumsaal, Feldkirch, Austria (04/27/2000-04/30/2000)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34 :: Rondo (Allegro)
  • Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1811-1815

>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprice for solo violin in A flat major (Allegro), Op. 1/12, MS 25/12
  • Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Studio Baumgarten, Vienna (1995-12-06_1995-12-09&1996-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817

>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Tema con variazioni, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Ferenc Bognar (Piano); Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Studio Baumgarten, Vienna (1995-12-06_1995-12-09&1996-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes for Clarinet and Piano :: 1. Allegro molto
  • Performers: Ferenc Bognar (Piano); Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Siemens Vila, Berlin, Germany (09/22/1992-09/25/1992)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes for Clarinet and Piano :: 4. Andante
  • Performers: Ferenc Bognar (Piano); Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Siemens Vila, Berlin, Germany (09/22/1992-09/25/1992)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes for Clarinet and Piano :: 5. Allegro molto
  • Performers: Ferenc Bognar (Piano); Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Siemens Vila, Berlin, Germany (09/22/1992-09/25/1992)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano :: Con brio
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Konservatoriumsaal, Feldkirch, Austria (02/09/2006-02/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Spohr, Louis : Romanze for violin & piano in B flat major, WoO 26 (no autograph)
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Konservatoriumsaal, Feldkirch, Austria (04/19/2001-04/22/2001)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1805

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
  • Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Studio Baumgarten, Vienna (1995-12-06_1995-12-09&1996-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Gade, Niels [Composer] : Fantasias for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 43 :: Ballade; Moderato
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Baumgarten, Vienna (11/20/1993-11/21/1993)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Nishimura, Akira : Utpala, for clarinet
  • Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (03/24/2010-03/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet in Bb, K Anh. 91 (516c) [Fragment]
  • Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (10/17/1988-10/18/1988)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Elegy, for clarinet & piano in E flat major, KiV 286
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Konservatoriumsaal, Feldkirch, Austria (04/19/2001-04/22/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 09/1919-01/1920

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Albumblatt for clarinet (or violin) & piano in E flat major
  • Performers: Anthony Spiri (Piano); Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Siemens Vila, Berlin, Germany (09/17/1988-09/21/1988)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Tarantella for clarinet (or violin) & piano in G minor
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Anthony Spiri (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemens Vila, Berlin, Germany (09/17/1988-09/21/1988)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1902

>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Quartet for Clarinet and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 2 :: Rondo; Allegro vivace
  • Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Studio Baumgarten, Vienna (03/29/1981-03/31/1981)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1803

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Clarinet :: 2. Romanza
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Baumgarten, Vienna (06/17/1995-06/19/1995)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Clarinet :: 3. Allegro con fuoco
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Baumgarten, Vienna (06/17/1995-06/19/1995)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Lefèvre, Xavier : Sonata no 9 in F major :: Adagio
  • Performers: Ferenc Bognar (Piano); Karl Leister (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Konservatoriumsaal, Feldkirch, Austria (02/16/2004-02/20/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rossini, Gioachino : Introduction, theme & variations for clarinet & orchestra in B flat major
  • Performers: Karl Leister (Clarinet); Ferenc Bognar (Piano)
  • Notes: Konservatoriumsaal, Feldkirch, Austria (04/27/2000-04/30/2000)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic