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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.
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Author:Puccio, John
Publication:Sensible Sound
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Dec 1, 1999
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