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Hyperion Records

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Bridge in an Italian landscape by Adam Pynacker (1622-1673)
Reproduced by kind permission of The Governors of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55203
Recording details: January 1982
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Walter Gray & Andrew Keener
Engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson
Release date: April 1986
Total duration: 22 minutes 52 seconds

'The most rewarding clarinet concertos of the early 19th century. Strongly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Quite excellent, with wonderful ensemble from the London Symphony Orchestra and equally impressive solo efforts from King … if you didn't snag this one the first time out, you've got another shot and it's worth it' (Fanfare, USA)

'Totally engrossing' (The Records and Recording)

'Quelle élégance de style, quelle délicatesse dans l'insouciance heureuse d'une élocution toute en souplesse, en evidence poétique du phraser!' (Répertoire, France)

Clarinet Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 1

Allegro  [11'22]
Adagio  [4'25]
Allegretto  [7'05]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The lively and beautiful first movement of Op 1 contains three themes of diverse character. This is followed by a very slow and comparatively uncomplex Adagio movement of only forty-eight bars including a codetta. There follows a rondo containing three episodes. Although the rondo is in duple time it is characterized by a strong skipping rhythm generally associated with the triple-time polacca.

from notes by Stephen Johnson © 1994

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