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Track(s) taken from CDH55031
Recording details: April 1981
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Anthony Friese-Greene
Engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson
Release date: January 1989
Total duration: 20 minutes 6 seconds

'Captivatingly sunny works, superb performances' (Penguin Stereo Record Guide)

Clarinet Quartet No 1 in E flat major, Op 2
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The first quartet is in pure eighteenth-century style with a strong influence of Mozart. Its introductory Adagio is for strings only. Three chromatic quavers falling from the dominant to a principal theme of mi-re-doh permeate the Allegro, being used also for the second subject of mi-fa-soh. The second movement again has a principal theme based on mi-re-doh. The return of this after the fermata is heralded with the first movement’s three chromatic notes played ad lib. Crusell treats the clarinet as a solo instrument rather than a member of a group and yet at the same time he is concerned with balance and often marks it down a dynamic from the strings. It was this quartet which, when he heard it in about 1814, inspired Glinka to become a composer.

from notes by Pamela Weston © 1999

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