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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Clarinet Music, 27 Aug 2000
This review is from: Mozart / Beethoven: Clarinet Concertos (Audio CD)
But Beethoven didn't write a clarinet concerto! Is this a mistake or just a gimmick?Not at all. It is one of the most beautiful clarinet concertos I have ever heard as a professional clarinettist and teacher in over thirty years.It may be a shock initially to the well versed listener of Beethoven's Violin Concerto.However it is a wonderful transcription by the transcriber, and conductor of this masterpiece, Mikhail Pletnev, who also conducts the warm, sonorous sounding Russian National Orchestra.There have been many transcriptions of this work, but I doubt that there is a finer one. Michael Collins handling of the solo part is suberb. The high notes in particular are played with such amazing control and delicacy. You'll be surprised that a clarinet can sound like this!Mr. Collins plays it as though Beethven himself had composed it for him alone. What a wonderful musical performance. The listner cannot help but be uplifted even if he knows the original. Michael Collins recording of the most recorded classical clarinet concerto is in my opinion one of the greatest. If you don't have one get this one, especially as it's played on a basset clarinet with such virtuosity. I would urge any listner to listen to this superb recording for its sheer musicallity. The best clarinet recording I have personally heard this century! Bill Ducker
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Initial post: 3 Sep 2014 18:30:26 BDT
Am I correct or is it just the onset of senility that the Volin Concerto was also turned into a piano concerto by LvB himself. If so, is there a recording? Obviously an early fan of recycling. Thank you Tom K.
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