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Clarinet Concerto in E flat major

'English Classical Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55261)
English Classical Clarinet Concertos
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Movement 1: Allegro
Movement 2: Adagio
Movement 3: Rondo: Allegretto

Clarinet Concerto in E flat major
James Hook’s clarinet concerto was never published. It survives in the composer’s autograph score, once in the collection of W H Cummings and now in the Nanki Library, Tokyo. It is dated 1812 and was probably written for the concerts at Vauxhall Gardens; Hook was resident organist and composer there for forty-six summers, from 1774 until 1820. The work is still basically in the galant style, though the clarinet-writing is much more elaborate and wide-ranging than Mahon’s, with frequent forays into the chalumeau register, and the slow movement has a Beethovenian sense of drama, contrasting severe string tuttis with more mellifluous solos in a way that is oddly similar to the slow movement of Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto. Hook returned to a more conventional and old-fashioned idiom for the virtuoso finale, though there are some pleasing and original textures in the last episode, where the clarinet’s arpeggios accompany a series of village band imitations in the orchestra.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1997

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Details for CDH55261 track 11
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 11
    Release date: January 1997
    Deletion date: August 2004
    Superseded by CDH55261
  2. English Classical Clarinet Concertos (CDH55261)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: November 2006
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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