- Works for Clarinet and Orchestra
In the late 1800’s the clarinet went through some remarkable technical improvements that made a new style of playing possible. As a result, clarinet compositions emerged that called for brilliant technique and also for a fine feeling for mood, color, and shading.
On this CD, we hear some of the works that emerged, as clarinet playing became more prominent:
- Adagio in D flat for Clarinet & Strings ‘Wagner’s Adagio’
- Concerto for Two Clarinets in E flat major, Op. 91
- Concert Piece No. 1 in F major for clarinet, basset horn, & piano/orchestra, Op. 113
- Concert Piece No. 2 in D minor for clarinet, basset horn & piano/orchestra, Op. 114
- Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra
- Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34, J182
Performed by Sabine Meyer and Wolfgang Meyer, with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Jörg Faerber conducting.
It was ultimately Sabine Meyer who brought this repertoire back into the limelight. She emerged as such a unique player that led conductor Herbert von Karajan to invite her to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO).
In those days there were hardly any female members at the BPO, and players got into an uproar. In the end, Ms. Meyer decided to pursue a solo career, and the public was able to appreciate her skills so much more.
Here is one fine example: Sabine Meyer performs the Mozart Clarinet Quintet A major K 581, with the Hagen Quartet:
And next, here she is again, performing the Weber Clarinet concerto number 1:
Tags: Sabine Meyer, clarinet, Rossini, Weber, Mendelssohn, Mozart