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5.0 out of 5 stars A DELIGHT, 25 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Mann: Clarinet Concerto/ Violin Concerto (Festpraludium/ Troisieme) (Sebastian Manz, Akiko Yamada, Hermann Bäumer) (CPO: 777620-2) (Audio CD)
CPO has scored another success with this disc. Many composers who had fallen into oblivion had been resurrected by this enterpresing German label: thanks to them we already know such composers like Ries ,Onslow, Fesca, Farrenc, Weintgarner, Korngold, Atterberg, Gouvy...The effort of labels such as CPo, along with others ( Chandos, Hyperion, Sterling, MDG ) has unearthed real masterworks who remained forgotten.
Mann conducted several music institutions in the Netherlands and went on to compose the coronation march for the Queen Wilhelmina coronation, which was selected as the best of the many works submitted. Moreover, at the gala national concert in 1898 the Concertgebouw Orchestra played it under Willem Mengerberg. This event marked the top heigth of his fame and then his star went on the wane.
The clarinet concerto is the core of this cd. It could have been written sixty years earlier bearing in mind the old-fashioned style of the concerto. But it does not matter as long as this this work is full of glorious melodies and brimming wih inspiration. The concerto, composed in 1885, was unearthed by the late Dieter Klöcker, but his ensuing illness and death meant that he was unable to record it himself. He however still had time to introduce the work
to the performer on thid cd,Sebastian Manz. This work, highly virtuosic, is the rebirth of a genuine masterpiece that originally enjoyed great renown and was played around the world, from Russia to America.
The oher works recorded here are the violin concerto (1901), another piece of wonderful music, and the third suite for orchestra, sheer delight.
Well then, congratulations to CPO on this joyful and superb disc.
Highly recommended.
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