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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55188
Recording details: March 1991
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell & Tony Faulkner
Release date: February 1992
Total duration: 24 minutes 27 seconds

Concerto for two clarinets No 1 in B flat major, Op 27

Allegro  [11'34]
Adagio  [5'00]
Rondo: Allegro  [7'53]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Concerto No 1, Op 27, is scored for strings with two flutes, two bassoons and two horns. The first movement themes have a strong rhythmical foundation, giving the soloists scope for decoration. With the arrival of the second subject the strings melt away, abandoning the soloists to the company of two bassoons. The second movement, a tender Adagio, is interrupted by a menacing switch to the minor, with ominous off-beat semiquavers in the strings. Tranquillity is restored, however, in time for the light-hearted Rondo, which, despite its virtuoso demands on the soloists, qualifies for the present-day category of ‘easy listening’.

from notes by Michael Freyhan © 1991

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