Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) wrote all but one, of his six clarinet concertos for the clarinettist, Heinrich Barmann, who had acquired a ten-key version, which allowed more flexibility and smoothness, in his performances. The pair met, at the Munich Orchestra, in 1811. The first work, that Weber wrote for Barmann, is the third work in this CD programme, namely the Concertino for Clarinet & Orchestra.
"Since I composed the Concertino for Barmann, the whole orchestra has been the very devil about demanding concertos from me", wrote Weber, shortly afterward. However, the King of Bavaria got in first, by promptly ordering the famous pair, 1 & 2.
Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor op.73, by Weber (20:46) :-
1) I Allegro 2) II Adagio ma non troppo 3) III Rondo : Allegretto
Clarinet Concerto No.2 in Eb op.74, by Weber (22:19) :-
4) I Allegro 5) II Romanza : Andante 6) III Alla Polacca
Concertino for Clarinet & Orchestra in Eb op.26, by Weber (9:44) :-
7) I Adagio ma non troppo 8) II Andante 9) III Allegro
Louis Spohr's (1784-1859) Clarinet Concerto, was also composed, with a key clarinettist of the period in mind, this time, Johann Simon Hermstedt. It is a work of great charm and brilliance.
Clarinet Concerto No.1 in C minor op.26, by Spohr (21:36) :-
10) I Adagio - Allegro 11) II Adagio 12) III Rondo : Vivace
(photo two : clarinettist Colin Lawson ; photo three : conductor Roy Goodman)
The CD is in EX condition.