Concertante: Virtuosic Wind Concertos

Author: 
Guy Rickards
CC72621. Concertante: Virtuosic Wind Concertos

Concertante: Virtuosic Wind Concertos

  • Concert for Clarinet, Horn and Orchestra
  • Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra
  • Concertino for Horn, Bassoon and Orchestra
  • Symphonie concertante for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Orchestra

The subtitle of this enterprising release by rights should be ‘Virtuoso Wind Double Concertos’, since three of the four works here feature either unusual or quite possibly unique combinations from the pool of clarinet, bassoon and horn, which are combined in the concluding Symphonie concertante by Louis Emmanuel Jadin (1768-1853). The soloists here are all members of the Danish wind quintet Carion and their knowledge of each other as players shines through in these beautifully prepared and balanced performances.

Agostino Belloli (1778-1837), the most celebrated of a horn-playing family and an exact contemporary of Hummel, is all but forgotten these days but his Concerto for clarinet and horn shows him to have been a most capable, if a touch lightweight composer. Not unlike Danzi (the only one of these composers to be still widely played) and Ignaz Lachner (1807 95; his brother Franz is the well-known member of that family), perhaps, whose four-movement concertinos are deftly written, expressive but with no pretence to profundity. Jadin, by contrast, seems on the evidence of his two-part Symphonie concertante (there is a central Adagio but its 76 seconds are really a slow up-beat to the finale) a composer of potentially greater range.

After this delightful Classical-period programme, perhaps this same team will do something similar with more modern repertoire (with a chance to feature the excluded flautist and oboist from the Carion Wind Quintet and others): Strauss’s Duett-Concertino is an obvious contender; likewise Hindemith’s brace from 1949 (the concertos for woodwinds and harp, and for trumpet and bassoon); and then what about McCabe’s for oboe and clarinet? There is scope for these fine players to enrich the catalogue further. Recommended for the unadventurous, who will find much to enjoy here.

Gramophone Subscriptions

From£67/year

Gramophone Print

Gramophone Print

no Digital Edition
no Digital Archive
no Reviews Database
no Events & Offers
From£67/year
Subscribe
From£67/year

Gramophone Reviews

Gramophone Reviews

no Print Edition
no Digital Edition
no Digital Archive
no Events & Offers
From£67/year
Subscribe
From£67/year

Gramophone Digital Edition

Gramophone Digital Edition

no Print Edition
no Reviews Database
no Events & Offers
From£67/year
Subscribe

If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

© MA Business and Leisure Ltd. 2018