Concertante – Virtuosic Wind Concertos

Fri, Feb 21, 2014, 00:00


Concertante -- Virtuosic Wind Conertos

Sinfonietta Riga, Claus Efland



The little-known 19th-century concertos for multiple wind instruments collected here were well removed from the cutting-edge music of their day. The novelty lies in the combinations: clarinet and horn for Agostino Belloli (a horn player himself, who gives both instruments a real workout); clarinet and bassoon (Franz Danzi’s Concertino a precursor of Richard Strauss’s Duett-Concertino); horn and bassoon (Ignaz Lachner); and clarinet, horn and bassoon (Louis-Emmanuel Jadin). The virtuosity of the three soloists – clarinettist Egils Sefers, bassoonist Niels Andres Vedsten Larsen and horn player David MAP Palmquist – is put to often jolly use, and the music works on the principle that the busier the better. The slow movements, it has to be said, can be pallid.

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