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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55261
Recording details: May 1996
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: January 1997
Total duration: 16 minutes 11 seconds

'This is a really delightful collection of pieces. Both Lawson and Harris play superbly throughout, blending well together and displaying immaculate intonation' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Un hermoso y magnificamente interpretado registro, con el habituel buen sonido de Hyperion' (CD Compact, Spain)

Concerted Symphony in E flat major, T290/9
British Library R.M. 21.a.5-7

Allegro assai  [5'50]
Larghetto  [4'46]
Minuetto  [5'35]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
As far as we know, J C Bach did not write any solo clarinet concertos, but he did give the instrument a prominent role in his ‘concerted symphony’ in E flat. The work is fascinatingly inconsistent in its scoring. The first movement starts in symphonic style, full of bustling textures and orchestral drama, but it suddenly changes direction when the clarinets, horns and bassoon are given a series of genial concerto-like passages. The movement continues to veer between symphony and concerto idioms and there are some delightful passages where the winds and the strings bandy phrases, as in seventeenth-century polychoral music. Similarly, the beautiful slow movement starts like a bassoon concerto, soon turns into a flute concerto, but also has some mellifluous trio passages for two clarinets and bassoon. The trio of the concluding minuet is scored just for wind band.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1997

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