Chamber & Orchestral Music for Winds & Brass.

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janeeliotgardiner wrote:will

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

will have a proper listen later on.

Let us know Jane. If you happen to like it (and by extension you might find your way into Brahms) I will consider my encouragement as my good deeds for this year: that'll be me!

Mozart...Brahms and the...third masterpiece in this field.

I wish I could do the same, so that I could encourage and, eventually, convince jane that Mozart's Clarinet Quintet is one of the pinnacles of Chamber Music both for the medium but also for the genre. I wonder how such an outright divinely inspired, exquisitely beautiful and perfectly crafted Music cannot...pass the test.

In between the two summits of Mozart and Brahms, there is the third masterpiece of this medium, the great Clarinet Quintet by Weber. Are you familiar or interested in this one?

Parla

I know Weber's quintet Parla,

I know Weber's quintet Parla, just not so well as either Mozart's or Brahms'. I find it nice, pleasant music, but not particularly a master work. Maybe some people will disagree.

I find Max Reger's own clarinet quintet more inspired. It was composed something like 15 years after Brahms' and it shares with it certain melancholy of mood. It is one of Reger's most loved works, and worth knowing.

parla wrote:

parla wrote:

I wish I could do the same, so that I could encourage and, eventually, convince jane that Mozart's Clarinet Quintet is one of the pinnacles of Chamber Music both for the medium but also for the genre. I wonder how such an outright divinely inspired, exquisitely beautiful and perfectly crafted Music cannot...pass the test.

Wrong focus! You would have to convince me to like it, not that it is one of the pinnacles of chambler music!

I suppose it is the same with you and Bruckner..........

I suspect my "problem" with

I suspect my "problem" with these works is really to do with the fact that I can't hear them as music anymore. I played them a lot when I was a teenager - before I knew anything about classical music or listened to it for pleasure. Hours and hours spent in my clarinet teacher's studio, working through them bar by bar.......Some of these lessons were four hours long, by the way. I remember walking home at ten in the dark. They are just so absurdly, super-familiar now, they have been transformed into something other than music.

Well, that very obviously

Well, that very obviously explains it. No reason to insist anymore then.

Did you study or know Poulenc's clarinet and piano sonata? That really is a lovely piece.

parla wrote:

parla wrote:

Franz Krommer was such a prolific, skillful and delightful composer. Unfortunately, there are not enough recordings and, most distressfully, there is little interest by the general public and, subsequently, the recording companies.

Particularly, for the Clarinet, he wrote three wonderful Concertos, one delightful Concertino and a great Concerto for two Clarinets. He composed as well a marvelous Clarinet Quintet in B flat and about six quite idiomatic Clarinet Quartets along with some more exclusive minor works, like the 13 Pieces for two Clarinets, Op.47.

 

Just catching up with this post, Krommer's clarinet concerto Op36 is great - up with Mozart & Weber; superb recordings by Jack Brymer (Vanguard) & Emma Johnson (ASV reissued Brilliant).

 

To the subject in hand, have mentioned elsewhere Louise Farrenc's excellent clarinet trio (Ambache Chamber Ensemble) but have just been listening to Flute Sonatas by Reinecke & Prokofiev with Griffes Poem by Gary Woodward & Brooks Smith, Stereophile LP (with nice abstract cover art & full details of the all valve [tube] recording & mastering equipment used).

 

Nick

camaron wrote:

camaron wrote:

Did you study or know Poulenc's clarinet and piano sonata? That really is a lovely piece.

 

Heard this once live (at a concert recorded by Radio 3) & yes, I enjoyed it but don't have a recording other than a poor tape off the radio.

 

Nick

The recordings I know are by

The recordings I know are by Paul Meyer with Eric Le Sage and Michel Portal with Pascal Rogé. They are both quite nice.

33lp wrote: just been

33lp wrote:

just been listening to Flute Sonatas by Reinecke

 

Any good? I know his trios for piano and horn, one with added oboe and the other with clarinet. I really like these very much.

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