Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Weber
Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73
Clarinet Concerto No.2 in E flat, Op.74
Concertino in E flat, Op.26
Quintet in B flat, Op.34, for clarinet, two violins, viola and cello [arranged for string orchestra by Jean-Jacques Kantorow]
Martin Fröst (clarinet)

Tapiola Sinfonietta
Jean-Jacques Kantorow

Recorded in April and October 2005 in the Tapiola Concert Hall, Finland
CD No: BIS-SACD-1523
Duration: 74 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
All of Weber’s clarinet-and-orchestra music – full of melody, fantasy, and show-stopping antics for the soloist. Martin Fröst plays quite brilliantly – with lyrical intensity, derring-do, a range of dynamics and colours, and he is vividly accompanied. The ‘addition’ is the Clarinet Quintet expanded from string quartet to string orchestra, a most attractive work. The recorded sound is mellow and ideally balanced.

 

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