MATTHIAS MÜLLER (b.1966): Clarinet Concerto, 6 Études de Concert for Solo Clarinet, IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): 3 Pieces for Clarinet, GIOACCHINO ROSSINI (1792-1868): Andante and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, NICCOLÒ PAGANINI (1782-1840): Moto perpetuo, Op. posth. 11/6.

Catalogue Number: 03L120

Label: Neos

Reference: 20904

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

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Description: Müller's own concerto is a classically modeled four-movement specimen, very much a vehicle for the composer's own talents as performer, with ample opportunity for virtuoso display and also for long, elegant lyrical singing lines. The vocabulary is fundamentlly tonal and thoroughly approachable and attractive. His études explore the technical demands made by various expressive aims, and cover the gamut of (mostly non-extended) performance techniques, from rapid scale and repeated-note playing to fast leaping intervals to graceful arabesques to sliding tones and harmonics and so on. The other virtuoso display pieces are obvious precursors of Müller's own treatment of his instrument. The largely undocumented 25 minute bonus DVD (both PAL and NTSC are provided) has Müller's études again, in a different order, accompanied by 'interpretive' video effects and images; and a performance of a short version of Stockhausen's Harlequin. This playful piece, with the costumed performer dancing and gesturing while playing the elfin, extrovert music, is filmed as in performance on stage, a pleasing encore to this display of clarinet virtuosity. 2 CDs and DVD. Matthias Müller (clarinet), Ensemble Zero; David Philip Hefti. SACD hybrid.

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