BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61. SCHNITTKE: Violin
ROELOFS: "Rope Dance"
DEBUSSY: Premiiere Rapsodie. WIDOR: Introduction and Rondo,
Op. 72. SAINT-SAENS: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 67. MESSAGER:
Solo de concours.
RABAUD: Solo de concours. POUENC: Sonata for Two Clarinets
Russian composer Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)/ was a famous composer and violinist of his time, overshadowed by his compatriot Dimitri Shostakovich. Schnittke composed profusely, his works including nine symphonies and various concertos including four for the violin. He also composed cadenzas for the´first and third movements of the Beethoven violin concerto, and we have the opportunity to hear them as they are used in this fine new recording of that concerto. Young master violinist Vadim Gluzman has made many fine recordings for BIS, some praised on this site: music of Vasks (REIEW) and Prokofiev (REIEW). He now offers the Beethoven concerto coupled with the Violin Concerto No. 3 of Schnittke. These are outstanding period performances amd again Guzman collaborates with John Gaffigan and the first-class Lucerne Orchestra. The recordings were made in three sessions, November 2017, December 2019 and January 2020 in Lucerne's Kultur-und Kongresszezentrum, and the´multi-channel audio is excellent.
Young bass clarinetist Joris Roelofs us a major figure ub the jazz world currently based in Amsterdam. He has been featured in many jazz concerts in Europe and New York, and currently is head of the Clarinet Department (Jazz) at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has given many highly praised concerts in Europe and New York. Roelofs seems to be fascinated with the philosophy of Fiedrich Nietzshe and often lectures on on the subject. Joris is a member of the International Nietzsche Research Group in Stuttgart. On a commission, he wrote a piece based on Nietzsche's writings: “To Lie Beyond Good and Evil: A Musical Question of Truth." It is scored for bass clarinet, clarinet, bassoon, piano, double bass and drums. It is described as, "light-footed music for all and none." and consists of 12 brief sections with titles that show the composer's sense o f humor. "Rope Dance" is an athletic type of elevated dance, highly rhythmic. The composer describes Nietzsche and his music in detail in program notes. The recording was made January 2020 in Studio 2, Hilversum. Performances are surely authoritative, and this jolly, imaginative music is sure to bring pleasure. Engineers have provided a remarkably vivid sonic picture with performers mostly in front but appropriate rear ambience. An unusual, and recommended, issue!
Michael Collins has enjoyed an extraordinary career as a master of the clarinet. He has held the position of principal clarinet with the Phiharmonia and other orchestras, and often appears as soloist in orchestral concerts. He also has a budding career as a conductor; this site praised his recent recording of Vaughan Williams and Finzi (REVIEW). Now he is featured in a collection of French music for his instrument including several rarities: two brief concert [pieces by Rabaud and Messager. Performances are superb, and Collins is joined by fellow clarinetist Sergio Pires in the Poulenc Recordings were made November 2019 in England's Potton Hall, and audio is excellent The disk would be more appealing had there been more music; there is pl enty of room.
R.E.B. (May 2021)