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Clarinet Concerto, Symphony No. 4.

Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto, Symphony No. 4 ("The Inextinguishable"), BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Takaaki Otaka (Concerto) and Petri Sakari (Symphony No. 4), conductors; Robert Plane, clarinet. (BBC Music Magazine)

Fortuitously after last month's column about Martin Goldsmith's memoir, The Inextinguishable Symphony, BBC Music Magazine's May 2001 issue includes perfectly lovely live recordings of an ambitious pairing, Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto and Symphony No. 4 both performed at St. David's Hall in Cardiff on February 17th and 19th respectively in 1999. The concerto is as sprightly and lively as the symphony grave and somber. If you haven't yet discovered the BBC Music Magazine, it is a classical gourmand's delight. Its lead article is always that month's recording -- a bio of the composer, profiles of the principal artists, and a movement-by-movement explication of the recording(s). It regularly includes capsule reviews of scores of CDs (150 in the May issue -- who said classical issues were dying?), extended features on topics like The Proms and Bayreuth, and so on. It even includes an "Audio" column that's, er, quaint. New subs cost out at $6.66/month including the CD -- such a deal. For the past few years, the CD has even included a CD-ROM portion with extra goodies, accessible from your PC.
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Publication:Sensible Sound
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Aug 1, 2001
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