Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto; Serenata in vano; Wind Quintet

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COMPOSERS: Nielsen
LABELS: Clarinet Classics
WORKS: Clarinet Concerto; Serenata in vano; Wind Quintet
PERFORMER: Louis Cahuzac & Aage Oxenvad (clarinets); Copenhagen Opera Orchestra/John Frandsen; Royal Chapel Wind Quintet and soloists
CATALOGUE NO: CC 0002
Nielsen wrote his Quintet in 1922 as a portrait of the Copenhagen Wind Quintet, and their 1936 recording brings out the work’s relaxed charm, rough edges included. The earlier Serenata in vano is a typically whimsical creation. The Quintet’s clarinettist, Aage Oxenvad, died before he could record the concerto Nielsen wrote for him; the premiere recording came in 1947 with the more straight-laced Louis Cahuzac. Plenty of background noise on these transfers, but they’re worth it. Stephen Maddock

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