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    Looking for some good recordings to listen to clarinet-wise. I’m not fussed on period, composer (although I am a huge brahms fan!) or solo works / concertos, I just want a good pool of clarinettists to listen to when I can and to take inspiration from

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicalBrit View Post
    Looking for some good recordings to listen to clarinet-wise. I’m not fussed on period, composer (although I am a huge brahms fan!) or solo works / concertos, I just want a good pool of clarinettists to listen to when I can and to take inspiration from
    are you interested in solo work, or orchestral?? or both??

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    I believe Mozart would have loved this clarinet performance:

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    The superb Sabine Meyer:

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    Martin Fröst:

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    Weber's "7 Variations on a Theme from Silvana" -- Gervase de Peyer, clarinet (1977, live)
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    Well Musicalbrit, from one brit to another, this is an absolutely shameless post....but at least it's relevant
    I recently recorded my clarinet concerto with a Anthony Pike, a pro in London. The piece is no walk in the park but if you feel inclined, feel free to have a listen at the link below. There is a scrolling score movie, 5th video down on the page. the cadenza between the 2nd and 3rd mvt is a highlight.
    Sorry, couldn't resist the opportunity to self promote. If you want more tonality, listen to the Partita or Adagio...oops, there i go again.
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    Default Obvious names not mentioned yet.

    These aren't personal favorites (or the opposite), but just some obvious names:

    - Richard Stoltzman (born July 12, 1942) is an American clarinetist.
    - Eduard Brunner (14 July 1939 – 27 April 2017) was a classical clarinetist.
    - David Shifrin (born January 2, 1950) is an American classical clarinetist.
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    Some good bass clarinet stuff from the orchestral repertoire:

    Grofe - Grand Canyon Suite "On the Trail"
    Shostakovich - Sym #7 mvt II - the recap of the opening oboe solo is played on bass clarinet - long, solo.....
    Wm Schuman - Sym #3 - Part II/Toccata - the bass clarinet is the first pitched instrument to play the toccata theme, after it's introduced by the snare drum....big solo, [orchestra audition staple] - quite technical, goes up to a high "F" in one spot...

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    I have enjoyed listening to Wenzel Fuchs from Berlin Philharmonic live broadcasts. He is one of the principal clarinets. This orchestra has more than one principal in most sections. I wonder if that is a European thing.

    His Mozart clarinet concerto was delightful. I was surprised at what a small orchestra it required.

    He has a handful of offerings on Amazon, mostly digital music. Few musicians these days seem to have big recording careers. They tend to record a lot of niche things rather than the heavily trafficked pieces. Too much competition with those from the past, perhaps. Maybe that's a good thing that they branch out.

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