Sabine Meyer / Kalle Randalu / Trio Di Clarone

Schumann, Bruch

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Sabine Meyer has become one of the most recognizable names to be associated with the clarinet, and with good reason. Not only was she startlingly appointed as principal clarinet in the Berlin Philharmonic (which did not allow female musicians), but she has also conquered all of the standard literature for her instrument and set about encouraging contemporary composers to expand the clarinet's repertoire. She has been equally active as a chamber musician, and this particular Avi album features Clarone Trio, made up of Sabine Meyer, her brother Wolfgang Meyer (on clarinet or basset horn), and husband Reiner Wehle (also on clarinet or basset horn). Joined by pianist Kalle Randalu, the ensemble sets out to perform the considerable variety of clarinet chamber works (some of which have been transcribed for this instrumentation) of Max Bruch and Robert Schumann. The works of the latter composer typically have a particular "story" in mind, reflected in the movement titles, and each of the musicians does an admirable job of outlying the story to listeners without overdoing anything. Tone quality of the clarinetists is pure and sweet throughout, and technical aspects of the ensemble are all well-executed. The one downside to the album is balance. Although the piano's part is of equal importance in many of these compositions, Randalu's sound is almost always pushed to the background, particularly the upper registers of the instrument.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Trio Pieces (8), for clarinet (or violin), viola (or cello) & piano, Op. 83
1
2:37
2
4:22
3
4:04
Romances (3) for oboe (or violin or cello) & piano, Op. 94
4
3:24
5
4:08
6
4:32
Märchenerzählungen for clarinet (or violin), viola & piano, Op. 132
7
2:54
8
3:07
9
3:55
10
4:44
Etudes (6) in Canon Form for pedal piano, Op. 56
11
2:21
12
2:53
13
1:39
14
3:34
15
3:12
Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73
16
3:22
17
3:23
18
4:11
Trio Pieces (8), for clarinet (or violin), viola (or cello) & piano, Op. 83
19
3:24
20
5:29
21
3:14
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