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The multi-award-winning Scottish Chamber Orchestra returns with Weber Wind Concertos, the sixteenth album in its celebrated series with Linn. This recording gives the internationally acclaimed principal musicians a chance to dazzle in Weber’s virtuosic and thrilling concertos.
The Clarinet Concerto is one of the cornerstones of the clarinet repertoire.
For this performance Peter Whelan has reconstructed a version of the 1822 Bassoon Concerto score rather than employing the commonly used 1865 version.
In a unique twist Alec Frank-Gemmill performs his own version of the cadenza in the virtuosic Horn Concertino famous for its chromatic pitches and the requirement of multiphonic chords.
The SCO has an impressive recording history including a Grammy-nominated set of Brahms Symphonies, winning the Orchestral category of the BBC Awards in 2009 and a 2011 ECHO Klassik Award for its Mozart recordings, in addition to much critical acclaim.
Spanish clarinettist Maximiliano Martin is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and charismatic musicians of his generation.
Peter Whelan, one of Europe’s leading exponents of historical and modern bassoon, won a Gramophone Award for his recording of Vivaldi bassoon concertos with La Serenissima.
Alec Frank-Gemmill is much in demand as a soloist and is also frequently invited to play principal horn with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia.
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 In F Minor, Op. 73, J. 114 - Allegro
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 In F Minor, Op. 73, J. 114 - Adagio Ma Non Troppo
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 In F Minor, Op. 73, J. 114 - Rondo Allegretto
Bassoon Concerto In F Major, Op. 75, J. 127 - Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Bassoon Concerto In F Major, Op. 75, J. 127 - Adagio
Bassoon Concerto In F Major, Op. 75, J. 127 - Rondo - Allegro
Horn Concertino In E Minor, Op. 45, J. 188 - Adagio
Horn Concertino In E Minor, Op. 45, J. 188 - Andante Con Moto
Horn Concertino In E Minor, Op. 45, J. 188 - Polacca
Concertino For Clarinet & Orchestra In C minor/E-flat Major, Op. 26, J. 109 - Adagio Ma Non Troppo
Concertino For Clarinet & Orchestra In C minor/E-flat Major, Op. 26, J. 109 - Andante
Concertino For Clarinet & Orchestra In C minor/E-flat Major, Op. 26, J. 109 - Allegro
15th September 2012
“There must have been astonishing wind players in early 19th-century Germany. And after hearing the irresistible concertos that Carl Maria von Weber penned for them, one can imagine what moody, flamboyant characters they were.”
Awards Issue 2012
“I especially enjoyed Alec Frank-Gemmill's cheeky handling of the runs and decorations in the Horn Concertino”
“Most clarinettists accept the revisions carried out by Barmann but Martin Spangenburg keeps strictly to the letter of Weber's score. He is a fine player, and there is much to admire in his perofrmances, but the recessed orchestral sound, with the strings lacking in bite, hinders the music-making from taking wing.”
The Arts Desk
1st December 2012
“When you hear Peter Whelan play the Bassoon Concerto, you’ll forgive Weber anything; his is such an expressive, plangent sound...Both [clarinet works] are dispatched with wit and fire by Maximiliano Martín...This is a beguiling CD; feelgood music of the best sort”
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