Weber: Clarinet Concertos. David Shifrin, clarinet; David Golub, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. Delos DE 3220.
Weber: Clarinet Concertos. David Shifrin, clarinet; David Golub,
Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. Delos DE 3220.
I have become a little wary of discs that bear the "Dolby
Surround" designation. When played through a regular two-channel
system, they have too often sounded muddy or over-reverberant. Not so
here. This new Delos recording is clear as a bell, with a good stereo
spread, orchestral depth, and, for added realism, just a hint of hall
resonance. More important, David Shifrin's playing of the First and
Second Clarinet Concertos and Concertino for Clarinet by Carl Maria von
Weber is splendid. The program begins with the Second Concerto, probably
because it is light and bouncy, and one of Weber's most popular
pieces. The First Concerto that follows is darker and more serious in
its two opening movements and doesn't lighten up until its final
section; yet it is the more intense and profound of the two for its
contrasts. The brief Concertino concludes the album. It is delightful
music and a superb recording. I recommend it highly.