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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: 25 minutes 38 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 3 in B flat major, Op 11

Allegro risoluto  [11'12]
Andante moderato  [6'23]
Alla polacca  [8'03]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The first movement of Op 11 has three themes. Crusell here uses the chalumeau register to particularly good effect. The slow movement is the longest of his three concertos and the most profound. Crusell provides a written-out cadenza for this movement, whereas in Op 1 he gives neither cadenza nor cadence point. The final movement is in sonata-rondo form and in true polacca style.

from notes by Stephen Johnson © 1994

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