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

'English Classical Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55261)
English Classical Clarinet Concertos
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Movement 1: Allegro assai
Movement 2: Larghetto
Movement 3: Minuetto

Concerted Symphony in E flat major, T290/9
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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Details for CDH55261 track 8
Recording date
18 May 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. English Classical Clarinet Concertos (CDA66896)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: January 1997
    Deletion date: August 2004
    Superseded by CDH55261
  2. English Classical Clarinet Concertos (CDH55261)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 2006
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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