Crusell: Clarinet Concerto No. 1; Clarinet Concerto No. 2; Clarinet Concerto No. 3

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COMPOSERS: Crusell
LABELS: Virgin
WORKS: Clarinet Concerto No. 1; Clarinet Concerto No. 2; Clarinet Concerto No. 3
PERFORMER: Antony Pay (clarinet/director) Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
CATALOGUE NO: VC 7 59287 2 DDD
Crusell was a Finnish composer and virtuoso clarinettist, whose clarinet concertos, written at the beginning of the last century (1811, 1816 and 1829 – information not given in the notes) have kept his name alive. He studied in Berlin and Paris and was a thoroughly professional composer, although these pretty works are not free of a certain eclecticism (there are echoes of Mozart, Weber and Rossini).

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The performances are delightful – fresh, spontaneous and with a real touch of poetry in the slow movements. Ideal summer fare and a real contribution to the CD catalogue. HC Robbins Landon