Weber: Clarinet Quintet, Op. 34 / Grand Duo Concertant

May 11, 1995 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 11, 1995
  • Release Date: May 11, 1995
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:07:18
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  • ASIN: B000QQUWA6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,139 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Howard on April 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The works on this CD are flashy, not deep. Fun, not contemplative. Weber's works are a pillar in the repertoir for virtuoso clarinet, and "virtuoso" is the word that leaps to mind upon hearing these renditions.
Berkes simply flies over the technical passages with a grace that is astounding. His articulation at high tempi is remarkable. The moderate, playful sections are imbued with humor and charm. The slow sections - while not really the point of Weber's music for clarinet - are played with pleasing warmth.
It's interesting to listen to the tone that Berkes produces. One of the finest Hungarian clarinetists, his sound is not quite as rustic as some of the Eastern European traditions. It's also not as supple as some of the traditional clarinet styles from Western nations. His sound is, while not "mainstream" in an international sence, very pleasing and utterly flawles in its consistency. But this is merely a footnote for clarinetists as the quality of Berkes' tone production is of the highest standard, making nationalistic style irrelevant to all but a few snobs.
The Auer Quartet and Naxos' own piano workhorse, Jeno Jando, are in excellent form. They strike a perfect balance between accompanying and playing out when called for. The feelings and interpretations between Berkes and the ensemble are of one mind.
Recording balance between clarinet and ensemble is likewise excellent. The overal sound has ample presence, though something is just a bit off in terms of clarity and transparency.
This disc is a real treat for all classical music lovers. Clarinettists or not, a must have.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald G. Hite III on July 29, 2004
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I'll get the bad stuff over with quick... the only problem I have with this CD is that there is occassionally too much reverb, and the clarity suffers. This aside, the recording is very nice.

Berkes absolutely flies on the quintet (I can't help but wonder if the last movement hasn't been sped up!). In the Silvana Variations (which can be a bit boring as written) he makes some embellishments, particularly in the slower variation, that really spice it up.

Berkes is an excellent player (I have many of his CDs and have always been impressed). For the price, this CD is a great deal. Plus, the Intro, Theme and Variations w/ String Quartet and the Silvana Variations aren't too common on recordings, so this CD is a valuable addition to your CD collection. Go for it!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Metcalf on August 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The compostitions are pleasant enough and the playing is lively. I would agree with Mr. Hite that the reverb is excessive and would go farther and state that it spoils the whole thing.
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