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Clarinet virtuoso Iwan Müller succeeded in developing the possibilities of his instrument beyond its limitations in Mozart’s time into the modern clarinet, though his compositions have long been overlooked. The beautifully proportioned Clarinet Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 form a complementary pair, placing lyrical ease and virtuoso refinement into ‘impossible’ keys as a demonstration of Müller’s innovations. The remaining works often follow an Italianate bel canto style, while his popular Souvenir de Dobbéran is a prototype of the musical postcard genre.
Iwan Muller: Clarinet Quartet No. 1 in B flat major
II. Adagio con espressione
Iwan Muller: Le Reve, Op. 73
Le Reve, Op. 73
Iwan Muller: Scene romantique, Op. 96
Scene romantique, Op. 96
Iwan Muller: Fantasy on a theme by Mozart
Fantasy on a theme by Mozart
Iwan Muller: Le chateau de Madrid, Op. 79
Le chateau de Madrid, Op. 79
Iwan Muller: Clarinet Quartet No. 2 in E minor
I. Allegro moderato ma con spirito
II. Andante, thema und variationen
Iwan Muller: Duo concertant, Op. 28, "Souvenir de Dobberan"
Duo concertant, Op. 28, "Souvenir de Dobberan"
26th July 2013
“A relatively low-key debut for Naxos, then, for all the performers concerned in this recording, but it is an appealing one, particularly for youngish German clarinettist Friederike Roth, whose playing is silkily expressive, exuding confidence and warmth from start to finish.”