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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: 23 minutes 2 seconds

'I can't imagine a more beguiling account of the music and every lover of the clarinet will want to have this CD' (Gramophone)

'All credit to Hyperion for this delightful disc, and to the artists for playing it all so nicely' (Hi-Fi News)

'Again Hyperion has come up with a really excellent programme, and the works are given performances out of the top drawer… there can be no hesitation in recommending this disc' (Clarinet & Saxophone)

Concerto for two clarinets No 2 in B flat major, Op 26
composer

Grave – Allegro  [11'48]
Adagio  [3'10]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Concerto No 2, Op 26, opens with a slow introduction, supported by the full weight of trumpets and drums. The Allegro section which follows will have none of it, however, and replaces solemnity with lightness and elegance. The soloists, when they enter, are happy to comply. The distribution of musical material is even-handed and each soloist has a share of the cake. After a conscientiously worked-out development section the music slips unobtrusively into the recapitulation. The slow movement is introduced by the strings, but after eight bars they depart, leaving the field to a wind quartet consisting of the two soloists, horn and bassoon. The finale, Rondo, is in essence a theme with variations. If the dotted rhythms of the theme suggest a certain militaristic tendency, it is immediately offset by ornamental and entertaining figuration in the solo parts, showing how far solo clarinet playing had developed by this time.

from notes by Michael Freyhan © 1991

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