FRANZ BERWALD (1796-1868): Septet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, String Trio and Double Bass in B Flat, Quartet for Piano, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in E Flat, Op. 1, Serenade for Clarinet, Horn, Viola, Cello, Tenor and Double Bass in F.
Catalogue Number: 02W036
Reference: 903 2189-6
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: Berwald's classically-modeled works often have great charm, and while breaking no new ground they are lovingly crafted and delightful to listen to. So it is with the three works on this disc in which the spirit of Spohr and Beethoven are present. The Serenade, a first recording, comes over as a kind of encapsulated operatic episode, and is most effective, while the more well-known instrumental works readily stand comparison with the music of the composers mentioned above. No information on texts. Patrick Vogel (tenor), franz ensemble.