clarinet music
Mar 9, 2007 at 12:28 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 11

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As I myself am a clarinetist, I would like to find some good music that has a lot of clarinet in it, or just recordings of clarinet. I already have a lot of Pete Fountain and also I know that Rhapsody in Blue is a very famous clarinet piece, but is there anything else that is good that you people know of?
 
Mar 9, 2007 at 2:33 AM Post #2 of 11

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Here a few of my favorites:

Brahms/Krehl: Clarinet Quintets - Stadler Quintet
Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Brahms Clarinet Trio and Sonatas
Weber Clarinet Concertos
James Hook/JC Bach/John Mahon/ Clarinet Concertos; The Parley of Instruments

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Mar 9, 2007 at 3:08 AM Post #3 of 11

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Mar 9, 2007 at 8:58 PM Post #7 of 11

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Definitely get the Mozart clarinet concerto. It was Mozart's last instrumental piece. A beautiful work.

Peter Brotzmann is an insanely good free-jazz clarinetist, if that's your kind of thing. He plays a lot of other instruments too, though.
 
Mar 10, 2007 at 6:43 AM Post #8 of 11

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Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto is a very good work, complete with showdown between snare drum and clarinet. It may be the best clarinet concerto written apart from Mozart's. There is also a clarinet concerto by Copeland which doesn't do much for me.

Berio wrote a Sequenza for clarinet if you want something a bit tougher to get into. The sequenzas are solo pieces for various instruments which are surprisingly enjoyable for all their modernity - the Oboe Sequenza has always been a favorite of mine.

Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time has a prominent clarinet part (with one movement being a clarinet solo).

Kancheli has a piece called Night Prayers for clarinet and string orchestra which conjures up the usual haunted wasteland in which Kancheli's music dwells.
 
Mar 10, 2007 at 11:47 AM Post #9 of 11

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My favorite clarinetists are Sabine Meyer and Michael Collins, both of whom I've seen in concert. EMI's Great Recording of the Century series has Meyer's recordings of both Weber concertos plus his minor pieces: a most amazing rendition and generous offering. Meyer has recorded just about every Mozart piece that features the clarinet, and these should still be in EMI's catalog.

The piece that I heard Meyer played live was Brahms's clarinet quintet, probably my favorite chamber piece by Brahms. She had the purest of tones and her command of the music was exceptional.

Michael Collins specialises in the chamber repertoire and modern music, and has recorded many recordings under the labels Hyperion and Chandos.

As for pieces, a clarinet work that lies just beyond the spotlight is the Clarinet Concerto by the British composer Gerald Finzi, written for the Clarinet and a small chamber orchestra, this is your typical British "pastoral" music, gorgeously melodic. The recording from Naxos is cheap and good. Indeed the Brits write great concertos for winds, and if you want to explore the highways and byways of clarinet concertos, I recommend the following CD:



Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time is, of course, a masterpiece that should be in everyone's collection, but being able to hear it live is an experience that pales any recording. In the hands of a masterly soloist, the final notes of the clarinet movement "Abime Des Oiseaux" will sound as if coming from the deep bowels of the Earth -- an absolutely hair-tingling experience!

Outside classical music, the sound of the clarinet is integral to modern Klezmer music. Hear it at its best in the recordings of Andy Statman
 
Mar 11, 2007 at 3:05 AM Post #10 of 11

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As a former clarinetist, I too like clarinet music. Just not some clarinet players. If any instrument can sound out of tune, the licorice stick is it. It's because for the most part vibrato is not considered acceptable in classical clarinet playing. Jazz, yes.

Anyway, in addition to the above cds, there's a wonderful one missing. It's a recording of the Beethoven VIOLIN concerto transcribed for clarinet. DG 289 457 652-2 with Michael Collins and Mikhail Pletnev. I love it.

Then, my favorite composer, Franz Schmidt, wrote two chamber works that you'll love: the Clarinet Quintet in A and another Quintet in Bb. There are several recordings of each, but the Marco Polo are as good as any.
 
Mar 12, 2007 at 7:58 AM Post #11 of 11

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wow, that is some really great stuff guys, i didn't think there were very many other clarinet fans out there.
 

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