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Clarinet Quartet No 1 in E flat major, Op 2
composer

Recordings
'Crusell: Clarinet Quartets' (CDH55031)
Crusell: Clarinet Quartets
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55031  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1' (HYP12)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
HYP12  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Details
Movement 1: Poco adagio - Allegro
Track 1 on CDH55031 [7'13] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Romanza (Cantabile)
Track 2 on CDH55031 [5'00] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Menuetto (Allegro) - Trio
Track 3 on CDH55031 [4'11] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: Rondo (Allegro vivace)
Track 4 on CDH55031 [3'42] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 22 on HYP12 [3'42] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Clarinet Quartet No 1 in E flat major, Op 2
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The first quartet is in pure eighteenth-century style with a strong influence of Mozart. Its introductory Adagio is for strings only. Three chromatic quavers falling from the dominant to a principal theme of mi-re-doh permeate the Allegro, being used also for the second subject of mi-fa-soh. The second movement again has a principal theme based on mi-re-doh. The return of this after the fermata is heralded with the first movement’s three chromatic notes played ad lib. Crusell treats the clarinet as a solo instrument rather than a member of a group and yet at the same time he is concerned with balance and often marks it down a dynamic from the strings. It was this quartet which, when he heard it in about 1814, inspired Glinka to become a composer.

from notes by Pamela Weston © 1999

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Details for CDA66077 track 1
Poco adagio - Allegro
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-07701
Duration
7'13
Recording date
9 April 1981
Recording venue
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Anthony Friese-Greene
Recording engineer
Kenneth Wilkinson
Hyperion usage
  1. Crusell: Clarinet Quartets (CDA66077)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: January 1989
    Deletion date: October 1999
    Superseded by CDH55031
  2. Crusell: Clarinet Quartets (CDH55031)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: October 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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