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    Can I get a classical rec?

    It's been a while since I dug into my classical CD's. I was listening to Brahms: Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano (Stolzman & Goode) and really enjoying it. It made me realize that this may be the only thing I have that features clarinet, which is a bit of an oversight on my part since my wife nearly majored in clarinet (piano and biology instead).

    What would the gurus suggest for other clarinet-y chamber music recordings along these lines? I'd prefer chamber music but be more willing to wander on composers and styles. Brahms is certainly lovely though. Also, prefer high recording quality; has to be digital.

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    From the website Clarinet Classics--not surprisingly a brief compendium--- http://clarinetclassics.com/home/ind...nt59kja8644tk4

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    Mozart and Brahms

    Mozart and Brahms composed wonderful Clarinet Quintets. It's a pity you only want digital recordings, since my own favorites are analog recordings made in 1958 by Reginald Kell and the old Fine Arts Quartet. The sound is fine. The price has gone up some but it's still not very expensive.

    http://www.amazon.com/Great-Clarinet...1639455&sr=1-2

    However, there are any number of good recordings of these two works by great clarinetists, so you might listen to the samples on Amazon.com or find some recordings on YouTube.

    Carl Maria von Weber composed another well-known clarinet quintet but I don't think I have a recording of it.

    Mozart also wrote a great Clarinet Concerto.
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    I have a clarinet concerto by Carl Maria Von Weber that might be what Pat was referring to in his post. The soloist is Karl Leister and the Berlin Philharmonic. If you would like a copy, send me a PM and I'll drop one in the mail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack in Wilmington View Post
    I have a clarinet concerto by Carl Maria Von Weber that might be what Pat was referring to in his post. The soloist is Karl Leister and the Berlin Philharmonic. If you would like a copy, send me a PM and I'll drop one in the mail.
    Karl Leister is one of the great clarinetists.

    Weber wrote a clarinet quintet and a couple clarinet concertos. I didn't know that until I looked it up. I don't think I have heard them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...aria_von_Weber
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I guess I didn't make sense about the digital only. I was simply trying to avoid receiving vinyl recommendations; I wasn't trying to suggest the recordings had to be made digitally. Sorry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat D View Post
    Karl Leister is one of the great clarinetists.

    Weber wrote a clarinet quintet and a couple clarinet concertos. I didn't know that until I looked it up. I don't think I have heard them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...aria_von_Weber
    I have his Clarinet Concerto No. 1. Along with that selection are various overtures that he wrote, including the Overture from Oberon which is one of my favorites.
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    Here is my cousins' two albums you may find enjoyable

    Eliesha Nelson plays Russian Viola Sonatas

    Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works

    You can pick up both on Amazon
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    Quote Originally Posted by noddin0ff View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions. I guess I didn't make sense about the digital only. I was simply trying to avoid receiving vinyl recommendations; I wasn't trying to suggest the recordings had to be made digitally. Sorry!
    It's OK. It's not always easy to phrase a question to say exactly what you want.

    The Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets have been done by quite a few great clarinetists. Mozart also wrote a lovely Clarinet Concerto.

    I have already mentioned Reginald Kell, and I have a nice recording of the Mozart Quintet with Anthony Pay. You brought up Richard Stolzman and Jack indicated Karl Leister. Thea King and Jack Brymer are liked by the Penguin Guide. Even Benny Goodman recorded the Mozart concerto and quintet, and is said to have done pretty well.

    Jack has gotten me interested in the Weber concertos and quintet. I'll have to give them a listen when I get the chance.
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    Here is a link to her blog and you can see/hear a sample of the new CD

    http://www.elieshanelson.com/blog/
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    Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

    Books, articles, and a blog by the music critic of The New Yorker

    The Alaska-born violist Eliesha Nelson, who plays in the Cleveland Orchestra, has a new CD entitled Russian Viola Sonatas, with Glen Inanga at the piano. I rubbed my eyes somewhat when I studied the tracklist and discovered not only that the Shostakovich sonata was not there but that the composers included Varvara Gaigerova, Alexander Winkler, and Paul Juon were entirely new to me. The Gaigerova Suite Op. 8, the beginning of which you can hear in the video preview above, is particularly striking a Scriabinesque score in four brief, pungent movements. Relatively little is known of the composer, who had a short life, dying in 1944 at the age of forty. (I can find no information about how she died.) She studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Neuhaus, Catoire, and Miaskovsky, and later played piano at the Bolshoi Theater. She had a strong interest in the ethnic musical traditions of the Soviet Union and wrote a symphony on Kalmyk themes. From this posting on Bob Shingleton's Overgrown Path I suspect that the conductor John McLaughlin Williams, an avid sleuth of unsung composers, had something to do with bringing Gaigerova's music further to light. The CD is beautifully played throughout; Nelson's tone is strikingly rich and warm.
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